This is the most anticipated semifinal of the two going on tomorrow and I think this one will be the higher quality affair. Nadal has dropped one set to Kyle Edmund in his three matches on the way to the semis were as Goffin has dropped two sets in his four matches on the way to the semis. Tomorrow is the beginning of the Fed Cup semifinals as well, which I will touch on in tomorrows post.
Rafael Nadal has been playing some excellent tennis in recent times after one of the best Australian swings in his career. In his next tournament after the AO, he lost in the Acapulco final, which is a 500 level event, to Sam Querrey. In that run he enjoyed a great straight set win over Marin Cilic and then followed that up with a fourth round exit in Indian Wells. He lost to Roger Federer in that fourth round and he fell to Federer the next week as well in the final of the Masters event in Miami. His best win during his run to the Miami final was his win over the young-gun Jack Sock in his home country. David Goffin has also been playing really well after the AO with two back-to-back finals at the 250 event in Sofia and the 500 event in Rotterdam, in which he lost to Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He lost in the second round of Acapulco to Sam Querrey and then in the fourth round of both Indian Wells and Miami to Pablo Cuevas and Nick Kyrgios respectively.
A lot of people say that Rafael Nadal owns Monte-Carlo, seeing that he has played here 13 times since 2003 and won the event 9 times in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. His worst result came in his first appearance in 2003 when he fell in the third round to Guillermo Coria in straight sets. He is defending championship points this year but by this point in his career he would be well and truly used to it. David Goffin doesn’t have the greatest history in Monte-Carlo after playing it four years since 2013. He has already surpassed his previous best result but last year it was the third round from 2016 before he fell to Marcel Granollers. His worst results came in the first two years he was here in 2013 and 2014 when he fell in the third round to Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo respectively.
Head to Head Record
Tomorrow will be the first time that Rafael Nadal and David Goffin have faced each other on the ATP World Tour.
Both players won’t be playing at their best today and in the end it will just be Rafael Nadal’s confidence on the court that will sneak him through. There will not be too many nerves from either players as they go out to play but Nadal will blitz the first set with unbelievable tennis have the bagel in under a half hour. He will lose focus for the second set because he will feel like the match is almost already he’s and Goffin will take a very dominant set of him. The third set will be interesting because Nadal will go up an early break and Goffin will never be able to get back in the match as the Spanish will be victorious 6-0, 1-6, 6-4. Goffin should be very far already as to hoe deep he has gone in the tournament but all he wants to do is to stay on the court.