ATP Madrid Rafael Nadal saves four match points vs. David Goffin

Thursday, May 5, 2022
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Rafael Nadal Saves Four Match Points Against David Goffin in the ATP Madrid Final

After saving four match points in a row to force a third set‚ Rafael Nadal won 6-3‚ 5-7‚ 7-6. The Spaniard is still the world's number one but there are still questions surrounding the match. What happened in the Madrid final? Here are some facts to help you decide. David Goffin was ranked fourth in the world entering the match.

Rafael Nadal saves four match points vs David Goffin

The Spanish No.1 saved four match points in the third set against the Belgian. The second set was tight. Nadal saved three match points and netted the other two. The third set ended in a tiebreak after David Goffin sliced a forehand wide. Despite the tight service game‚ Nadal fought back and won the set 11-9. The Spaniard was up 5-3 in the second set but had already been broken twice. He squandered match points and needed to rally to stay in the match. Nadal had four match points in the tiebreaker and was able to save two with an ace and a net hit. The Spaniard will now play either Cameron Norrie or 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard saved four match points against Goffin and will now play Cameron Norrie or Carlos Alcaraz in the 99th Masters 1000 quarterfinal. The victory was bittersweet for both players as Nadal had to save two match points before Goffin finally broke through. Despite the tight tiebreak‚ the Spaniard admitted that it was a tough match. He saved four match points in total against Goffin‚ and is now 10-0 in tie-breaks. The second set was more even. Rafael Nadal broke Goffin's serve‚ but the German hit a brilliant backhand volley to level the match at five-all. Goffin then rode the momentum to break back again and force a decider. With this victory‚ Nadal proved he is the king of clay. The final set was thrilling as Goffin fought back from a 3-1 deficit to force a deciding set. The Spanish No. 1 is now moving onto the quarter-finals. He will play Carlos Alcaraz or Cameron Norrie‚ and is undefeated against either of them. He'll be playing the winner of those two in the semi-finals on Sunday. After that‚ he'll face Carlos Alcaraz or Cameron Norrie. And if Goffin loses‚ Nadal will be able to make the final again. After saving four match points‚ Rafael Nadal walked away with a win against David Goffin to advance to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open. The Spaniard paid tribute to his late friend Marc Lopez‚ who retired from the sport. It's an amazing achievement and a great achievement for Goffin's career. If you want to see it live‚ you can stream the match via VAVEL.

Rafael Nadal beats David Goffin 6-3 5-7 7-6

Rafael Nadal saved four match points to defeat David Goffin in the Madrid Open quarterfinals. The Spaniard will now face Carlos Alcaraz or Cameron Norrie in the 99th Masters 1000 quarterfinal. The Spaniard improved his head-to-head record against Goffin to 5-2 on clay and 10-0 in tie-breaks. He won in Madrid last year and the first match between the two men this year. Earlier‚ Rafael had held serve twice to force extra time. He was serving for the match when Goffin hit a forehand volley that broke Nadal's serve. Goffin had two match points at 6-4 and 8-7‚ but Nadal saved them all. The Spanish star also saved a fourth match point at 9-8 when he hit a crosscourt forehand that missed wide. In the second set‚ Nadal had a break point in the opening game‚ but Goffin saved a match point in the fifth game on his own serve. He broke back and leveled the match with a backhand volley. Goffin rode on that momentum to break back and force a decider. Goffin's serve had improved throughout the match and he took the attack to Rafael Nadal‚ forcing a tiebreak. The second set was more of a thriller than a classic. David Goffin broke Nadal's serve early in the match and held a break at love. The Spaniard then used more precise groundstrokes and lashed winners off both wings. After that‚ he was unable to capitalize on a break point in the fifth game. In the end‚ he lost the second set 5-7 to Goffin‚ ending his perfect record in Madrid tie-break matches. With the win over David Goffin‚ Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters for the first time since March 20. Although the Spaniard was pushed around from the baseline‚ he stayed calm and composed throughout the match to save four match points. The Spanish ace saved the first match point with an ace‚ while the net hit saved the second match point. Afterwards‚ Nadal will face Cameron Norrie or Carlos Alcaraz‚ who are both 19 years old. After saving four match points against David Goffin in the Madrid Open‚ the Spaniard dominated the Belgian in a tiebreak and advanced to the quarterfinals. The Spaniard won the match in just three hours and nine minutes‚ and now awaits the winner of Alcaraz/Norrie in the semi-finals. So he's now one step closer to the Masters 1000 finals! In the quarter-finals‚ Rafael will play Carlos Alcaraz and Cameron Norrie. Nadal leads the head-to-head versus Alcaraz 2-0. Nadal beat Alcaraz last year on his 18th birthday in the final of the Australian Open. The next round will be between Carlos Alcaraz and David Goffin. The quarter-finals will take place on Wednesday‚ and Rafael Nadal will play one of them. After losing the first two sets to David Goffin‚ Nadal has won his 1‚000th match! The Spaniard has won nine Grand Slams in his career and has already won the French Open three times. This victory comes as a huge surprise after Andy Murray's decision to pull out of the match against Novak Djokovic. Rafael Nadal had missed six weeks of competition due to a rib stress fracture.