In the land of giants capable of unleashing thunderous serves that zoom across the court at 135 mph or more, 5-foot-11, 150-pound David Goffin stood tall and proud Thursday after reaching the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
The role of Goliath was played by 6-6, 196-pound Marin Cilic of Croatia, the 2014 U.S. Open champion renowned for 120-plus mph. serves. David was the aptly named Goffin, a 25-year-old Belgian who has speed, an admirably fluid game and, apparently, no fear.
"I knew that on my serve I had to battle to win every service game, because sometimes he can serve bombs and in 10 seconds can win his games," Goffin said.