Belgium's David Goffin entered the court knowing he would have to be aggressive and dictate the points if he wanted toa stand chance against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal at the ATP Cup. Goffin, ranked at No. 11 in the world, pulled out of a shock win in Sydney as he saw off Spain's Nadal 6-4 7-6 (3) to force a deciding rubber in the Belgium - Spain quarterfinal tie.
The two players were tied at four games apiece after the opening eight games of the match, before Goffin claimed back-to-back breaks to open a 6-4 2-0 lead. The Belgian got broken back in the eighth game of the second set but he kept his focus as he converted his second match point in the tie-break to clinch a huge win.
"I had to hold my nerve for a long time, which wasn't easy. At the end I am so happy for Belgium that we get to play a decisive doubles,” Goffin said, per the ATP Cup. “I knew against Rafa I had to take the ball early and take more risk.
I was in the court trying to dictate and he had to find a solution. I knew I had to stick to that line and move forward and that's what I did."