David Goffin: I knew I had to take ball early and take risk against Rafael Nadal


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David Goffin: I knew I had to take ball early and take risk against Rafael Nadal

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."