3/7/13 11:25 PM | Ricky Dimon
David Goffin earns a much-needed win on Thursday, overcoming Viktor Troicki in three sets at the Indian Wells Masters. Next up for Goffin is Florian Mayer.
David Goffin scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Viktor Troicki in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday afternoon. Goffin struck only one ace compared to six double-faults but he held 13 of 15 service games to advance after one hour and 57 minutes.
The Belgian had blown a two-set lead over Troicki last month in Davis Cup and for a moment it looked like something similar would take place in Indian Wells. Goffin raced to a 4-1 advantage in the opening set only to lose five consecutive games. Troicki served out the set at 5-4 to seize complete momentum.
The 44th-ranked Serb had a chance to close things out in straights when he saw three break points at 3-3 in the second. That, however, proved to be the turning point. Goffin saved all three to hold and from there he never looked back. The world No. 54 broke for 5-3 then finished off the set one game later.
A competitive decider came down to little more than break points. One conversion was all Goffin needed because he fought off the two break points he faced. An impressive love service hold by Goffin at 5-4 wrapped up the proceedings in style.
Goffin, who is still a mere 3-7 this season, will battle Florian Mayer for a spot in the third round.
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