Goffin 'very motivated' after Belgium won the ATP Cup

Sydney, January 3 (AFP) World number 11, David Goffin, said he was very motivated after his season began successfully on Friday at the ATP Cup in Sydney, which was marred by a national anthem by organizers.

The best player in Belgium led his team to a victory over Group C rivals Moldova in the inaugural 24-nation event that is also played in Brisbane and Perth.

He passed a Radu Albot loaded with errors 6-4, 6-1, rarely threatened by world number 46 that opened new paths in 2019 by becoming the first winner of his country's ATP Tour title in Delray Beach.

He had very good intensity, good energy, good attitude. That made a difference, said Goffin, who reached two ATP Tour finals last year at Halle and Cincinnati.

I'm very motivated, happy to start the year with new ambitions, so maybe that's why today was a very good game.

It is never easy to start the season with the first game, the competition of the first team, the new format, with the team on the bench. And because of the way I played, I'm very happy and it's good for the next draw.

The ATP Cup, which allows training on the court, has 24 nations divided into six groups in the three cities, with eight teams leaving the round robin to compete in a qualifying round in Sydney until one country stands.

Depending on the format, the second individual players of each team face first before the best players arrive on the court, followed by a double.

Belgian Steve Darcis previously beat Alexander Cozbinov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5 to give his country a perfect start, with the match spoiled by the Romanian anthem that was played beforehand instead of Moldova

We are sincerely sorry and we have personally apologized to Team Moldova, said the ATP.

Cozbinov, ranked 818 and had never played an ATP Tour game before, insisted it was no big deal.

But it was not so difficult to choose the right anthem, he told AFP.

Moldova and Romania have the same flag, so that's probably why they made a mistake. Hopefully next time is the right one. Britain Tim Timman, except the injured Andy Murray, will face Bulgaria in the second Group C draw later Friday, with Grigor Dimitrov as captain of his country. (AFP) APA APA