David Goffin of Belgium is another unknown entity for me. Ranked #109 in the world, he has never reached a Top 100 ranking ever. However, because of his second round appearance here, he just might achieve that, after the French Open is over. He defeated wily Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the first round in five sets - 62 46 26 62 64.
In the second round, he defeated another veteran, Frenchman Arnaud Clement (#139) 36 76(2) 06 62 61. In the third round, he ran into Lukasz Kubot of Poland (#49) 76(4) 75 61. He then was forced into the spotlight, as he took a set away from legendary player Roger Federer in the fourth round 75 57 26 46. The soft-spoken Belge got the respect of Federer.
Having been the lowest-ranked player to reach the third round in this Grand Slam, we award David Goffin the breakout player for the French Open 2012.