By Niall Clarke
- Liam Broady is defeated in the Wimbledon second round by David Goffin
- The Belgian won in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-1, 6-1
- There are now three British men left in the draw
Britain’s Liam Broady saw his debut Wimbledon tournament come to an abrupt end at the hands of David Goffin, who defeated the 21 year old in straight sets.
The Belgian needed less than two hours to dispatch the Brit, 7-6(3), 6-1, 6-1. Goffin will now move on to face John Millman or Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.
The 52 minute first set went with serve all the way with only two break points, both of which were on the Broady serve. The Brit fought to a tiebreak but struggled with his serve as Goffin ran away with it 7-3.
From there, Broady was outclassed by a man ranked nearly 170 places ahead of him. Clearly dejected from the tiebreak result, the Brit’s confidence faded and that allowed the superior Goffin to take full control of the match.
Goffin broke early in the second set to establish a lead. The Belgian began to run away with it, breaking again in a long game at 2-0. A third consecutive break of the Broady serve earned the world number 15 a chance to serve out the set, but a resilient Broady broke back. Still it was not enough as yet again he could not hold his serve, allowing Goffin to go two sets up.
If Broady was to get through to the third round, he would have to repeat his first round performance where he came from two sets down to defeat Marinko Matosevic.
Clearly aware of his opponent’s first round exploits, Goffin did not let his level dip and raced to a double break lead. The Brit managed to salvage some pride by saving match points to hold serve for the first time since the end of the first set. However, in the end Goffin was way too much for the 21 year old. The Belgian served it out to love to secure the victory and send one British hopeful out of Wimbledon.
Despite the loss, Broady can be proud of his first Wimbledon tournament. He defeated a higher ranked opponent in the first round after being two sets down, which is a moment I am sure he will remember for a long time. Ultimately Goffin proved to be a bridge too far as the Belgian had too much class for the Brit.
That leaves James Ward, Aljaz Bedene, and of course Andy Murray left to fly the British flag in the mens singles.
All three will be in action on Thursday in their second round matches. You can follow their progress on Britwatchsports live scoring service: Live Scores