January 18, 2018 / 8:19 AM / in a year

Goffin's hopes over as he succumbs to Benneteau

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2018. Julien Benneteau of France celebrates winning against David Goffin of Belgium. REUTERS/Edgar Su

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dark horse David Goffin’s Australian Open hopes went up in smoke as he fell to a 1-6 7-6(5) 6-1 7-6(4) to French veteran Julien Benneteau in round two on Thursday.

The Belgian seventh seed dominated the opening set in ferocious conditions but the match changed direction after 36-year-old Benneteau won the second set on a tiebreak.

Goffin was listless in the third set as Benneteau moved ahead and fell a break down in the fourth, saving a match point on his own serve at 3-5.

World number 59 Benneteau had an attack of the nerves as he tried to close out the match, throwing in a couple of double-faults to allow Goffin to level at 5-5.

But he got the job done in the tiebreak to reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time since 2013.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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