Third seeded Roger Federer wasted no time in making it to the quarter-final of the 2019 US Open after he dispatched David Goffin in straight sets.
Federer, who had earlier dropped a set in each of his first two rounds, was at his clinical best in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 win over Goffin in the fourth round.
As their head to head history suggested, Federer had had no real problems in seeing off the Belgian in the past as well. Goffin has beaten Federer only once in his career, so it was always going to be a tall order for him to cause an upset here.
Goffin Runs Out of Steam after a Promising Start
The Belgian made a promising start to the match. In the first set, both players held their opening serves and Goffin then managed to break Federer’s serve to go up 2-1. However this was all he could manage in the set.
Federer lost no time in getting back in the set. He swiftly broke back the very next game to go level and was unstoppable after that. He finished off the set quickly in 26 minutes, winning five straight games after Goffin broke his serve to take the set 6-2.
His opponent held serve to begin with in the second set too, but Federer went on the offensive to break Goffin again, making it 3-1.
This was all the encouragement Federer needed, as he dominated Goffin to break him again to go 5-2 up in the second; and take the set 6-2.
The first two sets seemed to have broken Goffin’s resolve. Federer broke immediately into the third set to take a 2-0 lead. Federer’s dominance was too apparent now; he won the first nine points of the third set to Goffin’s zero.
The writing was on the wall in the third set. The outcome of the match was more or less imminent but not too many would have though Goffin would struggle so badly. Federer ran riot, winning it 6-0 to run home a winner in 78 minutes. He looks to be back to his best since the third round, after a couple of minor hiccups in the first two rounds where he dropped the opening set.
Federer will now face the winner between Australian youngster Alex de Minaur and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.