Tiafoe out to halt Goffin’s momentum
Before Halep and Zheng’s match, fans on Mathieu will enjoy the perfect amuse-bouche as No.24 seed Frances Tiafoe faces David Goffin for a place in the third round.
The 24-year-old American won his first ever match at Roland-Garros in style on Tuesday, defeating home hope Benjamin Bonzi 7-5, 7-5, 7-6(5) on this very court. Tiafoe has found some of his best tennis of the season on clay courts, reaching the quarter-finals in Houston and his fourth career ATP final in Estoril.
But will it be enough to outlast Belgian veteran Goffin, who has lifted two of his six career titles on the surface – including one in Marrakech in the build-up to Roland-Garros?
The 31-year-old’s Grand Slam breakthrough came with a run to the quarter-finals here in 2016. After a tough stretch following a knee injury last season, Goffin looks primed to work his way back to form and on Thursday, he’ll have history on his side: he leads Tiafoe 3-1 in their head-to-head.