The Belgian, who is currently No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, led 4-2 in the first set but then won just five points in the next four games. Although he regrouped to win five straight games in the second set, the decider was a close affair – with Sugita ceding control to Goffin in the penultimate game.
It was Goffin’s 20th match win on hard courts this season (34-14 overall), which includes two runner-up finishes at Sofia (l. to Dimitrov) and Rotterdam (l. to Tsonga). Goffin goes onto face #NextGenATP Hyeon Chung, who was a three-set victor over the experienced Feliciano Lopez. Read & Watch Hot Shot
Sam Querrey struck 18 aces to beat French qualifier Vincent Millot 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5, just five days on from the American beating Millot 6-1, 6-3 in the Los Cabos quarter-finals en route to his 10th ATP World Tour crown. Querrey will next challenge eighth-seeded Frenchman and 2014 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.
Former junior World No. 1 Denis Shapovalov came back from the brink of defeat to delight Canadian supporters. The #NextGenATP wild card saved four match points in a 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 victory over Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva in two hours and 25 minutes. Shapovalov saved match points at 4/6, 6/7 and 7/8 in the second set tie-break and broke Dutra Silva in the seventh game of the decider.