They called him the Prince. Lean, slender, in physical terms almost as thin as a toothpick, a pale complexion. No more: David Goffin (photo) has developed on the ATP World Tour into a trademark of quality. This year he has become the first Belgian to reach the top ten! In Basel he is appearing as ATP number 10 in the fourth set position. And when December comes around and the Davis Cup Final commences, he will lead his country into battle against France in Lille. These are real references, Mesdames et Messieurs! As usual, Goffin successfully opened his campaign on Tuesday. His semi-final defeat in Antwerp against the Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitipas was thus consigned to history. Goffin is looking forward as always, after a black day at Roland Garros this year. The player had run backwards into a sheet of tarpaulin, and suffered injury to his foot. A longer interruption followed, no start at Wimbledon, and thus the opportunity lost to bring in valuable ATP points. Now the TGV Goffin is rolling again. And he still has a genuine chance of reaching the ATP finals in London.