08/31 23:11 CDT Dimitrov rallies to beat Goffin at US Open
Dimitrov rallies to beat Goffin at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) --- Shut out in the first set, seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov
shut down David Goffin the rest of the night at the U.S. Open.
Dimitrov won 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round Sunday in a matchup of two
"His game was just too good in the first set," Dimitrov said. "But I didn't let
go of my belief. ... I thought if I kept a good composure and if I just stayed
there mentally, I knew physically I was able to go the whole five sets. But it
was just mind over matter a little bit at the beginning."
The Wimbledon semifinalist got in just 32 percent of his first serves in the
opening set, but steadily improved that number as the match went on.
"Maybe a year and a half or two ago I would have struggled a lot with a match
like that. ... Now, I feel, even if I lose a set, it's not end of the world,"
he said. "I know I can turn things around pretty quick. I have the weapons."
Goffin, a 56th-ranked Belgian, had gone 27-1 since losing to Andy Murray in the
first round at Wimbledon in June. That included a 25-match winning streak ---
and a stretch of 36 consecutive sets won --- mainly accomplished at tournaments
in tennis' minor leagues. He upset 32nd-seeded Joao Sousa in straight sets in
the U.S. Open's second round.
Dimitrov will face 20th-seeded Gael Monfils in the fourth round.