WATCH | Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal sets up Novak Djokovic showdown in semis
Rafael Nadal set up an intriguing Madrid Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic by overcoming Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 6-2 in a high-quality last-eight match on Friday. Nadal edged a bruising first set after blowing eight break points with a top-class tiebreak, playing adventurous shots which sapped Goffin’s energy and the world number 10 ceded the final point with a double fault.
The pair served up a sizzling second set, especially in the seventh game when Nadal finally broke the Belgian for a second time in the set at the fourth attempt after sensational rallies which had spectators in the Caja Magica rising to their feet in appreciation.
“It was a beautiful game, we both played at the very highest level and there were great points for everyone to see,” Nadal told Spanish Television. “He (Goffin) demands the most of you, he’s one of the best in the world, one of the candidates to win the most important trophies. I knew I was playing well in the first set but I just couldn’t take my chances. Winning is very important but also the way I’m playing at the moment makes me very relaxed.”
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