ThrowbackTimes Barcelona: Rafael Nadal bagels David Goffin for massive milestone

World no. 1 and the defending champion Rafael Nadal was on a steady course towards another title at one of his favorite tournaments in Barcelona 2018 after a dominant 6-4, 6-0 triumph over the 4th seed David Goffin in an hour and 22 minutes. Nadal reached the 113th ATP final and the 11th in Barcelona from 14 trips, never losing a title match at this ATP 500 event and winning 57 out of 60 encounters! Also, Rafa claimed a staggering 44 straight sets on his beloved clay since the Roland Garros 2017, extending his dominance and hoping to shift that form onto Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros in the upcoming weeks. Victory over Goffin secured another milestone for Nadal, who earned his 400th ATP win on clay in just 435 matches, a mind-blowing fact that will never be matched in the future.

It was the fourth meeting between the Spaniard and the Belgian and the third win for Nadal, all on clay, overcoming the last year’s defeat in a mighty close World Tour Finals encounter. Rafa played his best match of the tournament, hitting 25 winners with just eight unforced errors and dropping 11 points in eight service games.

Rafael Nadal sailed past David Goffin in Barcelona 2018.

David broke him once, but that wasn’t enough to keep him safe after losing 55% of the points in his games, playing against 11 break chances and dropping serve five times. Nadal lost four points in a row to give his serve away in the opening game after a backhand error, pulling it back three games later with a forehand winner that secured a break at love for him and a boost of confidence.

The Spaniard was the better player in the rest of the set, and the opener was in his hands when David sprayed a forehand error in game ten after 49 minutes, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the clash. Goffin faded from the court in set number two, winning just 13 points (two on the return) and dropping all six games to hit the exit door in his first semi-final since that unfortunate eye injury he suffered in the same round of Rotterdam in February. Nadal broke in game two with a forehand crosscourt winner and secured another at 3-0 after the Belgian’s double fault. The sixth game was the longest one of the match, and David wasted three game points before Rafa converted his third match point after his opponent’s forehand error to reach the 11th Barcelona final. 

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