21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal saved four match points to reach the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters tournament with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(9) win over David Goffin in three hours and ten minutes.
“It was an unforgettable night. The spirit that the Real Madrid team has is just incredible. For me today, in some ways it has been an inspiration in the way I have been fighting all my tennis career.
“Honestly, it was a very tough match. I think I played at a very high level. But at the same time I am not completely happy because I have to finish the match in straight sets, without a doubt.
“Three hours and 10 [minutes] on court, that helps to increase my physical performance. A very important victory, saving match points. That’s confidence, that gives me the chance to keep going. I need matches and I need a day like to day to be fitter sooner.”
Rafa will next play either Carlos Alcaraz or Cameron Norrie in the quarterfinals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.
Source: ATP Tour