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David Goffin will finish 2018 with a 28-16 record.

Goffin Forced To End His 2018 Early

Belgian is currently No. 11 in the ATP Rankings

David Goffin will end his season early because of pain in his right elbow. The Belgian, No. 11 in the ATP Rankings, last played at the Shenzhen Open last month, falling to Brit Andy Murray in the second round.

Goffin withdrew from this week's Rakuten Open Japan Tennis Championships 2018 in Tokyo, where he is the defending champion, because of the injury.

“The pain appeared a few weeks ago and it has worsened recently. I have now more information about this injury which is a bone edema,” Goffin shared on his social media channels on Wednesday. “I need at least one month to recover so I am sad to announce that I have to put an end to my season.”

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The 27-year-old reached four semi-finals in 2018, including one at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level (Cincinnati, l. to Federer). But Goffin failed to reach a final or win a title. He won his third and fourth titles (Shenzhen, Tokyo) in 2017 and ended his season by playing in the Nitto ATP Finals title match (l. to Dimitrov).

“I am very disappointed not to be able to compete in the next few tournaments. I apologise to all the tournament directors and to all my fans. I will keep you all updated on my progress,” Goffin said. “I need to get some rest and treat myself properly in the hope of starting my preparation for next season as soon as possible.”

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