TennisSection previews the 2022 Wimbledon as David Goffin takes on Radu Albot in the first round on Monday, June 27th, 2022.
Will David Goffin get the ball rolling on his return to Wimbledon for the first time in three years? Or will he come unstuck against the dangerous Radu Albot? This should an intriguing matchup for both with the winner having a generous second round to play.
David Goffin is set to mark his return to Wimbledon for the first time in three years. The Belgian former World No. 7 did not have the best of starts to his grass-court swing, going down to Daniil Medvedev in Halle in straights sets. But despite his underwhelming performance against the new World No.1, Goffin has actually fared better in the first half of the season. He won his sixth career title on the clay courts of Rabat and recently made the third round of Roland Garros. His ranking is also starting to have a respectable look about it. Will he get his Wimbledon campaign off to a flier?
Radu Albot will have plenty to say about that. The Moldovan is set to make his sixth Wimbledon main draw appearance, but had to go through the rigors of qualifying before getting there. Albot defeated Sebastian Ofner in four sets in the final round in Roehampton to book his spot in the main draw against David Goffin. Albot has actually secured adequate match practice on the surface considering he has won eight matches on grass across all levels coming to Wimbledon.
David Goffin leads the head-to-head over Radu Albot 4-0. However, they haven’t played each other since the ATP Cup in 2020. Goffin and Albot have played once on grass in Halle, three years ago, the same year Goffin went on to make the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Albot is an experienced grass court player and did take a set off Goffin in their last meeting in Halle. This could be another close one given just how little the Belgian has played on the surface.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: David Goffin to win in five sets.
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