Rafael Nadal survived a scare against David Goffin at the Madrid Masters before dominating his British opponent 6-3 5-7 7-6(9) in the fourth round. Rafael Nadal saved four match points by channeling Real Madrid’s never say die spirit to advance to the next round. Ahead of the Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin game, Real Madrid recorded a win over Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal talks about channeling Real Madrid’s fighting back spirit
Rafael Nadal managed to save two of Goffin’s four match points with bunts, and a third when the Belgian netted a short forehand from an attacking position. He said: “It was an unforgettable night. Real Madrid’s team spirit is simply amazing. For me today, in some ways, it was an inspiration to the way I fought my whole tennis career.” He added: “Honestly, it was a very tough match. I think I played at a very high level. But at the same time, I’m not completely happy because I have to finish the match in straight sets, no doubt.
Rafal Nadal on Real Madrid’s comeback win over Manchester City
It is pertinent to note that Rafael Nadal is a huge Real Madrid fan and in a post-match press conference regarding the Spanish Giants victory, the former world number 1 said: “It was an unforgettable night. The spirit that drives the Real Madrid team is just amazing and for me today in some ways it has been an inspiration to the way I have fought my entire tennis career. I know how hard it is to lose like this so I’m sorry for them (City) But in a way for us Real Madrid fans it was an amazing night.
Rafael Nadal career
With 36 ATP 1000 Masters titles, Rafael Nadal is second on the list, only Novak Djokovic has won more (37). The Spanish player has recorded the most career wins with 398 with Roger Federer second behind him having won 381 career matches. With his victory at the AUS Open 2022, Nadal has now won 57 major titles, just behind Novak Djokovic (62). Rafael Nadal is also the only men’s singles player to have won the Roland Garros title a record 13 times. With a winning percentage of 97.2 at Roland Garros, Nadal boasts the highest win rate at a Grand Slam event.