Although Goffin initially thought otherwise. He forced the first break of the match, but Nadal immediately got up and took the first set after another break: 6-3.
When Goffin also had to quickly give up his transmission in the second part, the Spanish train no longer stopped. Nadal didn’t leave anything on his serve.
Until Goffin finally showed why he camped in the top ten for a while. Goffin showed his qualities and pushed Nadal to the limit.
He totally had that there was a third group. Nadal did not collapse, but wasted two consecutive balls with a score of 5-3 and 5-4. Goffin entered No. 4 in the world and allowed himself a third set: 5-7.
For a long time, this provided a blueprint for the previous group. Goffin seemed clear, hardly made mistakes and made Madrid calmer.
The duo didn’t give each other an inch and let the excitement turn to break even. Nadal ran to 4-1, but Goffin turned the cards again.
Forced 3 match balls, missed them, then saved match point from Nadal and eventually left the 4th match ball.
With his fourth chance, Nadal thought that was enough. The day after the fairy tale at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid were once again buzzing with joy with the victory of a Real Nadal fan.
Rafael Nadal was inspired in Madrid by what his beloved Real achieved last night.
“Yesterday was amazing,” he said. “What Real Madrid did was in a way inspiring me.”
“It was a really tough match. David Goffin reached a very high level. I’m not completely satisfied either, because I should have finished in two sets really.”
“But I’ve played more than 3 hours and that also helps me get fitter. Saving match points also gives me confidence. I need matches like this to be ready for Roland Garros.”
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