Rafael Nadal set up a semi-final clash against Novak Djokovic, after defeating David Goffin 7-6(3) 6-2 in the quarter-finals at the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain yesterday.
In a match that lasted just short of two hours, Goffin put up a brave fight, but could not stop the inform Nadal, who has already won the title four times.
The two players had the spectators on their feet during the fifth game of the second set with some spectacular play, certainly one of the best individual games of tennis that we have seen so far this year.
Novak Djokovic’s route to the semi-final was made easier when his opponent, Kei Nishikori, retired with a wrist injury.
Nadal and Djokovic last battled it out on clay at the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters in 2016, when Djokovic came up trumps in two sets. Nadal has not beaten Djokovic since the French Open in 2014. Djokovic currently leads the Head2Head 26-23, but with Nadal being the inform player, the gap could close after today.
In other quarter-final action, Dominic Thiem defeated Borna Coric 6-1 6-4, to set up a semi-final clash against Pablo Cuevas, who earlier defeated Alexander Zverev, 3-6 6-0 6-4.