David Goffin put up a brave fight, but in the end he wasn’t able to get past world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Serb is through to the final of the Miami Open after beating his Belgian opponent 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Djokovic will be bidding for a third successive Miami crown when he faces either Kei Nishikori or Nick Kyrgios in Sunday’s decider.
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To Goffin’s credit, he made Djokovic work exceptionally hard in the first set, forcing him all over the court and putting him under constant pressure.
Djokovic saved three break points in the opening game, but was powerless to prevent Goffin from snatching a fourth in game seven.
Unfortunately for the Belgian, he could not prevent Djokovic from snatching it back in the very next game. The stats show Djokovic breaks back immediately more than any other player, 38% of the time.
The ensuing tie-break was close, but Djokovic was able to claim two mini-breaks to Goffin’s one to close out the first set.
Goffin continued to give a good account of himself in the second set, only giving away one break point throughout, but that point was all Djokovic needed to seal victory.
The silver lining for Goffin is that he looks set to reach a career-high World No 13 in the latest ATP rankings.