Miami semis: Djokovic vs. Marty McFly aka David Goffin

Who wins?


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Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
Who takes this? (or how many games does Djoko lose)

H2h: 3-0 to Djoko, but Goffin played him decently close in Cinci last year (up a double break in the third I'm told below only to lose 6 straight games) and at the French 2013.
33/2015 R16 Cincinnati Masters Hard Novak Djokovic David Goffin 6-4 2-6 6-3 1.04 - 9.00
32/2013 R16 Cincinnati Masters Hard Novak Djokovic David Goffin 6-2 6-0 1.03 - 20.00
21/2013 R128 French Open - Roland Garros Clay Novak Djokovic David Goffin 7-6 6-4 7-5 1.01 - 29.16

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Edit - added some stats in a comment below, but they might as well be in the OP:

2016 stats for both players:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/david-goffin/gb88/player-stats?year=2016&surfaceType=all - 76 % service games won (59th on the ATP tour) and a mere 48 % behind his 2nd serve (64th on the ATP-tour). Djoko's is 3rd best and best in the same two categories and Djoko's gonna have a field day on the Goffin serve regardless of how he plays.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/novak-djokovic/d643/player-stats?year=2016&surfaceType=all - not much to attack here, but his serve has been vulnerable this tournament. Both Birdman and Thiem got a break (!!!) :eek:
 
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Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
If Novak continues serving like he has been all tournament, Goffin should be licking his lips at the possibility of a first Masters final and I can't say it wouldn't be richly deserved.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
If Novak continues serving like he has been all tournament, Goffin should be licking his lips at the possibility of a first Masters final and I can't say it wouldn't be richly deserved.
You never fail to disappoint! :D:D
2016 stats for both players:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/david-goffin/gb88/player-stats?year=2016&surfaceType=all - 76 % service games won (59th on the ATP tour) and a mere 48 % behind his 2nd serve (64th on the ATP-tour). Djoko's is 3rd best and best in the same two categories and Djoko's gonna have a field day on the Goffin serve regardless of how he plays.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/novak-djokovic/d643/player-stats?year=2016&surfaceType=all - not much to attack here, but his serve has been vulnerable this tournament. Both Birdman and Thiem got a break (!!!) :eek:
 
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gn

G.O.A.T.
Goffin was leading 3-0 in 3rd set with double break in hand at Cincy. Then lost 6 straight games :(
Novak: 6-2 6-4
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
Goffin was leading 3-0 in 3rd set with double break in hand at Cincy. Then lost 6 straight games :(
Novak: 6-2 6-4
Good additional info, didn't see the match. I pick 8 games for McFly, maybe a tad optimistic given his serve will be under constant attack
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
OP needs schooling...it's George McFly that bears a striking resemblance to Goffin.

George was played by Crispin Glover, son of Bruce Glover. Glover senior was most famous for playing the wacky assassin Mr. Wint in the 007 film Diamonds Are Forever.
 

gn

G.O.A.T.
That makes zero sense...if he was up 3-0 and lost six straight games, wouldn't the score be 6-3???

Yes! He lost 6 games in a row after breaking Novak twice and holding serve once. Nervousness got to him. But he still had so many opportunities and got into many of Novak's serve games afterward but could not capitalize.
 

Aceldama

Rookie
I've picked Djokovic in 2 because I'd be an idiot not to. Obviously hoping Goffin can make this a match and at least get a break.

How can Goffin get past the mandatory first service game break that Djokovic has been leveling against everyone else he faces? He puts his opponents in immediate catchup mode and they play the entire match under constant pressure as a result. Goffin needs to come out ready to serve a solid first game or he's toast.

Where I DO like Goffin is that he's got consistent strokes and he won't try to power THROUGH Djokovic like Berdych or Thiem. Goffin can rally with consistency and use his placement and angles to try to gain the advantage.
 
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Jaitock1991

Hall of Fame
Went with Djoko in 2. But who knows? Thiem surprised me big time the other day. Would be really cool if Marty could show some balls and take it a step or two further.
 

PHS_10

Banned
With Djoko struggling to hold his service games, who knows. Thiem had a legit chance to win if not for the squandered BP's. Expect Novak to win, but wouldn't be surprised with Goffin winning.
 
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nowhereman

Guest
McFly? I guess I kinda see the resemblance, but Goffin looks more like Elijah Wood imo.
 

Chanwan

G.O.A.T.
McFly? I guess I kinda see the resemblance, but Goffin looks more like Elijah Wood imo.
I'm just going with the flow - he's McFly here ;-)
I don't think it'll be straight sets whoever wins babe.
You keep surprising us ;)
With Djoko struggling to hold his service games, who knows. Thiem had a legit chance to win if not for the squandered BP's. Expect Novak to win, but wouldn't be surprised with Goffin winning.
Goffin has a better return game than Thiem, but also a much more attackable service package. And Djoko hasn't been struggling on return, so I have a hard time seeing Djoko breaking less than once a set, probably more. Question is - can Goffin break back often enough?
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
First let's hope Djokovic will be fine in the next match. I heard he was having some back problems in the Berdych match.
 

xan

Hall of Fame
I've picked Djokovic in 2 because I'd be an idiot not to. Obviously hoping Goffin can make this a match and at least get a break.

How can Goffin get past the mandatory first service game break that Djokovic has been leveling against everyone else he faces? He puts his opponents in immediate catchup mode and they play the entire match under constant pressure as a result. Goffin needs to come out ready to serve a solid first game or he's toast.

Where I DO like Goffin is that he's got consistent strokes and he won't try to power THROUGH Djokovic like Berdych or Thiem. Goffin can rally with consistency and use his placement and angles to try to gain the advantage.
so he will try to outdjokovic djokovic? That sounds like a recipe for success.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
If Novak continues serving like he has been all tournament, Goffin should be licking his lips at the possibility of a first Masters final and I can't say it wouldn't be richly deserved.
Haha. Something is going on with Novak's serving given he only managed to win 69% of first serve points against Berdy, but he seems to be compensating quite nicely. Held Thiem and Berdych to winning 25% of their second serve points. Goffin's first is not that fast, so this should be a blow out. Nole in the role of Biff:
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Haha. Something is going on with Novak's serving given he only managed to win 69% of first serve points against Berdy, but he seems to be compensating quite nicely. Held Thiem and Berdych to winning 25% of their second serve points. Goffin's first is not that fast, so this should be a blow out. Nole in the role of Biff:
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Lol at the coin toss
 

Liam Fitzpatrick

Professional
Here are the Key stats
Novak Djokovic(1) V David Goffin(16)
Age: Djokovic:28,Goffin:25
Height:Djokovic:6'2,Goffin:5,11
Head To Head:Djokovic 3-0 Goffin
Last Meeting:2015 Cincinnati Masters R16;Djokovic won 6-3 2-6 6-3
Both men are Right Handed.
Both men hit a Predomiately Two Handed Backhand
Career Titles:Djokovic:62,Goffin:2(Not Including Challengers)
Venue:Stadium Court,Crandon Park.Miami.Florida
Time:3pm Local Time/6pm GMT
Surface:Outdoor Hard
Conditions:Extremely hot and humid in the daytime sun,Favours Goffin
Chance of Rain:Currently none
Television Coverage in UK,Sky Sports 3@6pm ,TennisTV@6pm
My opinion:Conditions favour Goffin if he takes a leaf out of Simon's book and forces UES . Ultron still should be too strong.
Prediction:6-3 6-4 Djokovic
 
This match really does not deserve a thread of its own, because, let's face it, it's not going to be much of a match. I like Goffin, don't get me wrong, but come on...

6-1, 6-2.
 
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