David Goffin wins first game since May as return from injury continues

The Belgian secured his first ATP Tour win in eight months after beating Facundo Bagnis at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

Goffin endured an injury-plagued season in 2021 during which he only managed to play in 29 games. The 31-year-old is slowly beginning to make his return to competitive tennis and the straight sets win over Bagnis is a major milestone for the Belgian.

The previous season came to an end for Goffin during September's US Open. The player endured knee problems and unsurprisingly lost 3-0 to Mackenzie McDonald.

His first game since that loss came last Thursday at the Melbourne Summer Set where he lost 2-0 to Slovakia's Alex Molcan.

Nevertheless, Goffin was able to shake off the cobwebs relatively quickly and win his following game against Bagnis 6-4 6-4.

The player is now through to the second round and will take on either Argentina's Federico Delbonis or Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas next.

David Goffin of Belgium Bumps fists after defeating Facundo Bagnis of Argentina on Day 1 of the Sydney Tennis Classic at Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney, Monday, January 10, 2022.

Elsewhere, fifth seed Lorenzo Sonego bounced back from losing the first set to France's Hugo Gaston, with the Italian moving into the last-16 courtesy of a battling 3-6 6-3 7-5 victory.

Compatriot Fabio Fognini, seeded seventh, was given relatively few problems in a 6-3 7-5 win over Germany's Daniel Altmaier while Australian wild card Jordan Thompson thrashed America's Marcos Giron 6-4 6-2.

In the Adelaide International 2, seeded pair Alexander Bublik and Frances Tiafoe tumbled out after straight sets defeats.

Kazakhstan's Bublik, seeded sixth, was beaten 7-6 (5) 6-2 by Australian wild card Aleksandar Vukic while Tiafoe, seeded seventh, was brushed aside 6-2 6-3 by fellow American Tommy Paul.

Spain's Jaume Munar hammered home hope John Millman 6-2 6-2 while France's Arthur Rinderknech prevailed 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3 in a tense tussle against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States.

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