World No. 2 Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round of the French Open courtesy of a four sets victory over David Goffin this evening.
The defending champion took almost three hours to see off his Belgian 27th seed opponent 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 as Goffin’s run at Roland Garros came to an end. He powered 38 winners past Goffin on Court Philippe Chatrier and maintained his record of never having lost in the first week in Paris.
Rafa, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday on Monday, is now 89-2 at Roland Garros and is six match wins away from 950 career victories (944-194 mark).
After the match, Rafa said:
David is a great player. When he’s playing well, he’s a player that already showed to everybody that he can win against every player in this world… In the first set I played unbelievable, I think, so, so good. Then a good second set, too. In the fourth [set], of course I had to fight again, and I think I became a little bit more aggressive again, and that was, at the end, the key.
Our champ will face Juan Ignacio Londero in the next round.