Rafael Nadal
6 6

David Goffin
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Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Afternoon all! Rafael Nadal's title defence continues in Barcelona as he looks to lift the trophy for the 11th time. Standing in the way of him today is David Goffin. It's Hannah here with live updates of this semi-final tie.

Nadal has been playing for history for a number of years now, and it's no different today. He's looking to extend his 42 set unbeaten streak, but victory today would also bring up win number 400 on clay. He'd be just the 4th player to reach this landmark, with by far the most impressive win percentage at 92%. Of course, he's also defending the number one ranking throughout the clay run.

David Goffin has met Rafa three times before, with all three previous encounters taking place last year. The head to head goes Rafa's way 2-1, with both Nadal's victories coming on clay. Goffin has had to battle through to this stage in Barcelona, having come back from a set down in all of his matches this week.

Here we go then, it's Nadal to serve... Straight into it with a forehand rally, Nadal angles a forehand winner out wide for 15-0. Good return from Goffin, deep to Rafa's feet to force the error. 15-15. Some nice aggressive shots coming off the Goffin racquet early doors here, forcing Nadal to stay deep behind the baseline, 40-30.

Whoooosh! Nadal out wide to smack a cross court forehand, but Goffin finds an arrow of a forehand down the line that sails through the baseline for deuce. Another great forehand from Goffin, this time cross court, it's BREAK POINT!

GOFFIN BREAKS! Nadal makes the error on the backhand to concede the break but make no mistake, that was all Goffin. Hitting clean winners right from the get go.

Nadal up 15-30 on the Goffin serve, but a nice change of direction wrongfoots Rafa and he can't get enough on his backhand to keep the point alive. 30-30. Two backhands from Rafa fall long and Goffin consolidates the break to lead 2-0* at the start of this first set.

This is a really impressive start from Goffin, he's seeing these winners so clearly off the Rafa forehand. Another one goes cross court for 15-15. Oooft, fierce rally from both players, Nadal is just looking to turn up the pace a couple of notches. Forces the error, 40-15. Nadal looks for the winner with a driven backhand down the line, but it's wide the whole way, 40-30.

Goffin cracks a forehand into the net, Rafa holds and is on the board at 2*-1, first set.

Goffin comes into the net but he looked in two minds about it, Rafa on full stretch sends the backhand down the line past the Belgian, 0-15. Heeeere we go, that's more like it from Rafa. Brutal hitting on the forehand, Goffin hangs in there for a bit but eventually makes the error. 3 BREAK POINTS... Nadal steps in to a forehand winner and we're back on serve! 2-2.