PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal to face Novak Djokovic after Madrid Open win over David Goffin

(AP) – Rafael Nadal booked a semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open after a comfortable last-eight win over David Goffin on Friday.

Rafaย took just under two hours to see off the Belgian 7-6(3), 6-2 and move closer to a third straight title after wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

But if he is to progress Rafa must get the better of Djokovic, who eased into the semi-finals after scheduled opponent Kei Nishikori withdrew with a wrist injury.

Our champ claimed the first break in the second game of the second set and maintained his recent momentum to earn what was ultimately a comfortable win.

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a beautiful game, we both played at the very highest level and there were great points for everyone to see.

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.

Source: AP

9 comments

  1. Yes, truly an amazing match as David is a very tough competitor yet Rafa never lost his nerve and his serve has vastly improved this year. Put on your game face and be aggressive and win against Novak, you can and will do it. Every single match recently you have the steely determination and positivity which exudes confidence. I like all the comments made so far, all heartily meant . Vamos for later on today. ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ด

  2. Let’s go Rafa let’s go ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ VAMOS RAFA VAMOS ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

  3. Vamossssssssssss Rafa you can do it,playing so good ,this is your year for sure .vamossssssssssssssss the King on Clay.๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ–ฅ

  4. Good luck Rafa
    You are a legend
    A champion
    Go Rafa๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›โค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š

  5. What a great match! This was Rafas best match for years. Now take rest and than it’s time to kick Novak again. YOU CAN DO IT. Vamos Rafa <3

  6. Fantastic win over worthy opponent๐Ÿ˜œAmazing shots from both players-stay tough.๐Ÿ’ชโฃ๏ธ

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