Rafael Nadal made work from David Goffin when the Spaniard put down the set for the finish of the French Open fourth round
- Rafael Nadal has booked his place in the fourth round of the French Open
- The favorite of the tournament was made by the Belgian player David Goffin
- Goffin took Nadal's third set before he succumbed to a four-set defeat
Rafael Nadal passed his first real investigation of this year's French Open and stopped a reviving David Goffin to win 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Remarkably, this was only the second set that Nadal ever lost in the third round at Roland Garros, and his first for 13 years. When he got qualifying matches in the first two rounds, he had to raise his level here and he did.
& # 39; I played incredible in the first set, & # 39; said Nadal. & # 39; So good. Then a good second set.
Rafael Nadal shows how much profit meant when he had to work against David Goffin
The French Open favorite dropped a rare set in Paris in what became a tough third round
Goffin had little hope against Nadal but he pushed the Spaniard to four sets on clay
& # 39; He is a good player, in the fourth he took advantage of the first two balls of the point – serve and first stroke I was already in a defensive position. So then it's so hard to come back against a player with his talent.
& # 39; And in the fourth, of course, I had to fight again, and I think I increased aggression again, and that was ultimately the key. & # 39;
It was 10 years since Nadal was defeated in four sets by Robin Soderling in his first ever defeat of Parisian clay. The fact that the competition still resonates as an epoch region is evidence of the Spaniard's remarkable success at this event. It remains one of the only defeats here for the 32-year-old Spaniard amid 86 wins and 11 titles.
Nadal started strong and soon he flew in a two-set lead before he realized he was really tested
The Belgian showed no fear of Nadal's favorite surface while continuing with rally & # 39; s
Goffin is the 27th seed here, but he is as high as the seventh in the world. The 28-year-old Belgian is a world-class player and a wonderfully clean ball-striker and showed that in the second half of the game, or not in the first.
Nadal only lost one point on serving in the first set when he mocked and defeated his opponent.
He can make tennis look like contactless boxing and the slender Goffin was a flyweight that sat between the ropes with a heavyweight.
Goffin had defeated a set and a break and had even won half of the rally & # 39; s that were under five shots. He was completely dominated during the longer exchanges.
For the remainder of the competition he did better to keep points short, and he took the line when the opportunity arose.
The third set was a great match, especially the first time that Nadal was even stretched a bit here this year. At 4-4, Goffin threw one of those forehands down the line and suddenly he had two break points and Nadal watched his first resigned series of the tournament.
After the surprise of dropping the third set, Nadal held on to his nerves and soon sealed the win
There was a mutual appreciation between Goffin (left) and Nadal (right) at the end of the game
The Belgian went strong on both points and in second place he again found a big forehand winner. Goffin served from the set and suddenly Nadal had a real match on his hands.
Nadal had left the ball too short, allowing Goffin to step inside and pick up his forehead. In the fourth set, the Mallorcan did much better to stay on the attack. Once Goffin was forced on the hind leg, he lacked the physicality to keep up.
The first crack in Nadal & # 39; s armor, but also an impressive response. A decade later, there was no repetition of the day when Soderling shocked the tennis world.
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