Goffin's net game needs serious improvement.
As one of the most creative players currently on tour, I fully understand he's probably more confounded by choices than other players when he has to close the point, but dear David, at that point, the only thing that matters is closing the deal. All you have to do is hit it as hard and fast as you can away from the player instead of feeding a sitter to the opponent so he can start a new rally. Novak had already given up. Winning that point should have turned the whole match around. Instead losing that point played on your mind and you served weakly and lost the tiebreak. Hope this lesson goes deep into him, and he doesn't make the same mistake in the future. With top players, its these little errors that can cost the match as it did.
Who knows how motivated David would have been if he'd won the 1hr 15 min long first set? In the second set, he looked clearly jaded.
Secondly, with regards to another aspect of his net game, somehow is timing and body position didn't look good at all. I don't know if its a technical problem (not able to change grips?) but his volleys (apart from that gorgeous drop volley) sucked.
Apart from net game, his endurance still needs some work should he desire to hang around the top ten for long. He has the game, but he needs the body to go with it.
Still, very proud with all he has achieved so far this season. The victory over Stan has surely lifted his confidence. Hopefully a few more such wins and his mental strength should improve by several notches.
Thanks for a fab IW-Miami run, David!!!