Ghent: David Goffin clawed his way back from a two-set deficit to defeat British newcomer Kyle Edmund 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 and give Belgium a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final in Ghent on Friday.
It brought his singles record in the competition to 12-2, his two previous losses both coming in five-setters after he had led by two sets to love.
Belgium’s David Goffin reacts after winning his match against Britain’s Kyle Edmund in the Davis Cup final at the Flanders Expo in Ghent yesterday. Pic/AFP
It was the first time in his career that he had won a match after losing the first two sets.
But with World No 2 Andy Murray to follow in the day’s second singles against lowly-ranked Ruben Bemelmans, Britain were still well-placed to draw level by the end of day one.
"It was not easy. Kyle had good intentions and was really heavy with every forehand," Goffin said.
"It was hard for me to find my timing. I knew if Kyle was playing like this, bravo, but if there was a small chance I had to take it."