ATP Indian Wells: David Goffin Defeats Stan Wawrinka In Titanic Match

David Goffin defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5) to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Stadium two in just under two and a half hours. 

Slow start by Wawrinka 

Both players held their opening two service games to bring the set to 2-2. In the fifth game, David Goffin found a way to carve out break point chances at 30-40. He broke the Wawrinka serve and consolidated for a 4-2 lead. The Swiss number two stopped the rot of eight consecutive points lost to get off to a good start in the seventh game. The Belgian would then go on to find himself with more break point chances at advantage, hitting a fantastic forehand winner. He broke the world number four for a double break and a 5-2 lead.

With the Belgian serving for the set, Stan Wawrinka had break point chances of his own at 0-40, but Goffin saved three points to level at 40-all. The world number 18 won the next point to have a chance at closing out the set. With Wawrinka struggling on serve, he did manage to stop Goffin from taking the set by hitting a wonderful backhand cross court. Stan "The Man" Wawrinka then broke Goffin after an error and forced him to serve it out. In the next game, Wawrinka struggled once more as Goffin had chances to take the set. David Goffin would win the crucial point with a forehand winner to grab the opener 6-3 to Wawrinka's annoyance. 

Topsy-Turvy second set goes to Wawrinka

David Goffin started the second set by holding his serve to love. On the Swiss' serve, the Belgian raced away to a 40-0 lead before Wawrinka smashed his racket in half and gave it to a fan. He would go on to get broken at love. Goffin would consolidate for a 3-0 lead. In the next game, the Belgian hit a forehand winner and had even more break point opportunities. He would go up 4-0 in the second with Wawrinka hitting a wild shot. 

With Goffin in control and serving for a 5-0 lead, Wawrinka began to wake up and broke the Goffin serve to love for 4-1. In the next game, the Swiss continued to struggle on serve, but with his backhand, saved a break point for 4-2. In the following game, Wawrinka broke once more for 4-3 as the Swiss came alive along with the crowd. At the change of ends, this was the time for Goffin to ponder all those missed opportunities. 

The 25-year-old came out fighting and immediately broke for a 5-3 lead with a forehand going down the line. In the upcoming game he failed to serve it out for the win with Wawrinka continuing his fight by breaking with a passing shot. The two-time Grand Slam winner consolidated his break. At 5-6 in the set, Wawrinka played his best game by breaking Goffin with a forehand winner down the line. He closed the set out 7-5. 

Stan Wawrinka in action against David Goffin during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (Photo:Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Stan Wawrinka in action against David Goffin during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (Photo:Julian Finney/Getty Images)

David Goffin books his spot in the quarterfinals on a tiebreaker

Having struggled all match, Stan Wawrinka double faulted and got broken and just like the second set, Goffin took complete control. The Belgian would save a break point winning a mini-rally at the net to stop Wawrinka from coming back into the set. Both players held from then on in as the set moved to 5-3. The Swiss was fighting hard and had two chances to break Goffin. On his first set point, Goffin hit a chip return into the net and on his second, it was the Belgian who hit a forehand cross court wide, before Wawrinka finally broke when the Belgian hit a backhand into the net. Wawrinka consolidated and the match was level at 5-5. 

With the match coming to a close, Wawrinka had chance to break Goffin with the score at 15-40. Goffin would save two break points with the last shot being an ace down the line to lead 6-5. The Swiss had no problems holding as the set went the way of the tiebreaker. David Goffin would go on to win the tiebreaker 7-5 to seal victory 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5). Stan Wawrinka had two mini-breaks during the breaker. The first came at the start on the Goffin serve, with the second coming at 2-3 hitting a backhand cross court winner, but ultimately, Goffin dug in and won. 

Match Stats

David Goffin served two aces and hit five double faults. He served at 65 percent for his first serves, winning 60 percent on his first and 50 on his second serve. Goffin saved 60 percent break points and broke 63 percent of the time. 

The Swiss hit six aces and five double faults. He served 56 percent of first serves in, winning 66 percent points on first serve and only 42 percent behind his second. He saved only four out of eleven break points (36 percent) and won took 40 percent (6 out of 15).