Rafael Nadal has moved on to the quarter-finals of the ATP 1000 Championships in Madrid after a real effort.
The record-breaking Grand Slam winner won the Round of 16 against Belgium’s David Goffin after 3:13 hours playing 6:3, 5:7, 7:6 (9).
Mallorca already led 6:3, 5:3, but could not use two match points in the second set. Goffin, who had to make his way to the main draw in the Masters by qualifying, uses his second set point and forces the deciding set.
This is very balanced, no player can develop a break chance. In the tiebreak, Nadal finally hits his back against a wall a few times and has to save a total of four match points before he can use his fourth chance to win.
In the top eight, there could be a clash with young Spanish superstar Carlos Alcaraz, who still plays Britain’s Cameron Norrie for the evening.
Zverev takes advantage of the mission
Defending champion Alexander Zverev is also in the quarter-finals. The German takes advantage of the injury of the great Italian talent Lorenzo Mossetti, who has to surrender to Zverev when the score is 6:3, 1:0.
The world number three meets Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the next round, who sends Jannick Sener of South Tyrol 6:1, 6:2.
With a 7:5, 6:3 win over Dusan Lajovic (SRB), Paul Hubert Hurkacz won a duel with compatriot Novak Djokovic, who was in the quarter-finals without a fight after Andy Murray was knocked out due to illness (read here >>>).
Stefanos Tsitispas (GRE) booked a quarter-final ticket thanks to 6:3, 6:4 against Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) and now faces Russian Andrey Rublev who defeated Daniel Evans (GBR) 7:6 (7), 7:5 brings you to your knees.
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