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David Goffin and Khachanov determined to end their title droughts

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David Goffin and Karen Khachanov are going to be the top contenders at the Murray River Open (Melbourne 1), which will be played at Melbourne Park from 31 January to 6 February due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Melbourne 1 and Melbourne 2 to be followed by AO.

Goffin, presently ranked World No.16 by ATP, and Khachanov, ranked World No. 20 by ATP will both attempt to capture their fifth ATP Tour singles crowns in Melbourne in order to put an end to their personal title droughts.

David Goffin forces a smash

David Goffin won his fourth tour-level trophy at the 2017 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, while Khachanov earned his last title at the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters. So, it’s been a long time since these two tennis professionals have actually lifted a trophy. Alongside the Top 20 stars, Cristian Garin and John Isner will also attempt to start their year with a strong week in Melbourne. The ATP 250, which will be held alongside the ATP Cup and the Great Ocean Road Open (Melbourne 2), made its debut on the ATP Tour calendar last year.

The tournament will welcome eight of the Top 40 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings, including the Next Gen ATP Italian star, Jannik Sinner. The 19-year-old, who is the youngest member of ATP’s Top 100, ended his final event of the 2020 ATP Tour season with a maiden tour-level crown at the Sofia Open.

Other than the Top 40, the Adelaide field is packed with experience. Former Top 5 star Kevin Anderson, two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren, 2020 Comeback Player of the Year Vasek Pospisil and ten times ATP Tour titlist Sam Querrey will be also seen competing for the trophy in Melbourne.

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