Goffin aiming to forget Murray thrashing


David Goffin is not allowing an earlier hammering by Andy Murray to affect his mental preparations for Belgium's Davis Cup final against Great Britain.

The Belgian number one was thrashed 6-1 6-0 by Murray in the last 16 of the Paris Masters earlier this month, with the Scot going on to the final, where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic.

Goffin and Murray lead their respective teams in the Davis Cup final, which gets under way on Friday, but the world number 16 is not concerned by their last encounter.

"The day I played Andy it was just a day off for me," Goffin said. "I didn't play really well.

"Andy was really aggressive. He played an unbelievable match there. But it's different conditions here. It's a completely different match, another surface.

"I just have to forget this match and think about the matches of this weekend."

Belgium's sole previous final came back in 1904 when they lost to GB - who themselves last lifted the trophy in 1936, with their most recent final appearance coming 37 years ago.

Johan Van Herck's team have opted to try and maximise their home advantage by playing on clay in Ghent, and the captain is well aware of the final's importance to his nation's people.

"For us it's a huge event," he said. "I think for Belgium it's important. I think in sports, in general, not only in tennis.

"I think it's a really good team effort and I think in Belgium everybody appreciates that. We will try to go one [step] further.

"I think the whole country will be behind us and we will try to keep the trophy here."