Rafa Nadal blasts past David Goffin for 400th win on clay
Rafa Nadal v David Goffin 6-4 6-0

Rafa Nadal blasts past David Goffin for 400th win on clay

29/04/2018

Rafael Nadal booked a place in the Barcelona Open final by breezing past David Goffin 6-4 6-0 on Saturday with his 18th successive claycourt win and 400th overall on the surface.

World number one Nadal will meet Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's showpiece when he will target a record-extending 11th title in Barcelona a week after claiming the Monte Carlo Masters for the 11th time.

Nadal has won every final he has played in Barcelona.

The Mallorcan got off to a slow start in the semi-final on the Rafael Nadal Court as he surrendered his service in the opening game and 10th-ranked Goffin held to take a 2-0 lead.

Nadal immediately broke back to level and the home favourite broke again in the 10th to take the first set.

The Spaniard came into his own in the second while Goffin, who had to play three sets against Roberto Bautista Agut in the last quarter-final on Friday, began to wilt.

The Belgian finally came out fighting in the sixth game but eventually succumbed to claycourt specialist Nadal, surrendering serve for the third time in the set by firing a shot beyond the baseline, ending a match lasting one hour 22 minutes.

Related news

Monfils overcomes Wawrinka to lift Rotterdam title

Monfils overcomes Wawrinka to lift Rotterdam title

France's Gael Monfils overcame a determined Stan Wawrinka to win the Rotterdam Open 6-3 1-6 6-2 on Saturday, lifting his first title since January 2018.

Wawrinka outlasts Nishikori in Rotterdam, faces Monfils in final

Wawrinka outlasts Nishikori in Rotterdam, faces Monfils in final

Three-times Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka battled past Kei Nishikori 6-2 4-6 6-4 at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Saturday to set up a final against Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Maria Sharapova pulls out of Indian Wells with shoulder injury

Maria Sharapova pulls out of Indian Wells with shoulder injury

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will miss next month's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells due to a right shoulder injury, organisers said on Wednesday.

Stan Wawrinka beats Milos Raonic in Rotterdam, Stefanos Tsitsipas crashes out

Stan Wawrinka beats Milos Raonic in Rotterdam, Stefanos Tsitsipas crashes out

Stan Wawrinka knocked out fourth seed Milos Raonic and Damir Dzumhur ousted third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on a day of surprises at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Kei Nishikori returns from injury with win over Herbert

Kei Nishikori returns from injury with win over Herbert

Kei Nishikori overcame Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6 6-1 6-4 at the Rotterdam Open on Tuesday on his return from the knee injury which forced him to retire during his Australian Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.

Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens survive early scares in Doha

Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens survive early scares in Doha

Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko overcame strong winds and a determined Mihaela Buzarnescu to advance to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory on Tuesday.

Tsonga Returns To Winners' Circle In Montpellier

Tsonga Returns To Winners' Circle In Montpellier

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2 to win the Open Sud de France in Montpellier and claim his first ATP title since 2017 on Sunday.

Tsonga through to the final four in Montpellier

Tsonga through to the final four in Montpellier

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from a set down to edge a gruelling quarter-final encounter with fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy at the South of France Open.

Merciless Gael Monfils hands Stefanos Tsitsipas lesson in Sofia

Merciless Gael Monfils hands Stefanos Tsitsipas lesson in Sofia

Gael Monfils doled out another lesson in outstanding tennis, winning 93 percent of points on his first serve, as he reached the semi-finals of the Sofia Open on Friday with a 6-3 7-6(5) win over Greece’s emerging talent Stefanos Tsitsipas.

RELATED NEWS

Monfils overcomes Wawrinka to lift Rotterdam title
Gael Monfils vs Stan Wawrinka 6-3 1-6 6-2

Monfils overcomes Wawrinka to lift Rotterdam title

France's Gael Monfils overcame a determined Stan Wawrinka to win the Rotterdam Open 6-3 1-6 6-2 on Saturday, lifting his first title since January 2018.

Wawrinka outlasts Nishikori in Rotterdam, faces Monfils in final
Stan Wawrinka vs Kei Nishikori 6-2 4-6 6-4

Wawrinka outlasts Nishikori in Rotterdam, faces Monfils in final

Three-times Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka battled past Kei Nishikori 6-2 4-6 6-4 at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Saturday to set up a final against Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Maria Sharapova pulls out of Indian Wells with shoulder injury
BNP Paribas Open news

Maria Sharapova pulls out of Indian Wells with shoulder injury

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will miss next month's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells due to a right shoulder injury, organisers said on Wednesday.

Stan Wawrinka beats Milos Raonic in Rotterdam, Stefanos Tsitsipas crashes out
Stan Wawrinka vs Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (4)

Stan Wawrinka beats Milos Raonic in Rotterdam, Stefanos Tsitsipas crashes out

Stan Wawrinka knocked out fourth seed Milos Raonic and Damir Dzumhur ousted third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on a day of surprises at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Kei Nishikori returns from injury with win over Herbert
Kei Nishikori vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6 6-1 6-4

Kei Nishikori returns from injury with win over Herbert

Kei Nishikori overcame Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6 6-1 6-4 at the Rotterdam Open on Tuesday on his return from the knee injury which forced him to retire during his Australian Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.

Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens survive early scares in Doha
Jelena Ostapenko vs Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 4-6 6-2

Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens survive early scares in Doha

Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko overcame strong winds and a determined Mihaela Buzarnescu to advance to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-1 4-6 6-2 victory on Tuesday.

Tsonga Returns To Winners' Circle In Montpellier
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2

Tsonga Returns To Winners' Circle In Montpellier

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2 to win the Open Sud de France in Montpellier and claim his first ATP title since 2017 on Sunday.

Tsonga through to the final four in Montpellier
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (6) 7-6 (4) 6-4

Tsonga through to the final four in Montpellier

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from a set down to edge a gruelling quarter-final encounter with fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy at the South of France Open.

Merciless Gael Monfils hands Stefanos Tsitsipas lesson in Sofia
Gael Monfils vs Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6(5)

Merciless Gael Monfils hands Stefanos Tsitsipas lesson in Sofia

Gael Monfils doled out another lesson in outstanding tennis, winning 93 percent of points on his first serve, as he reached the semi-finals of the Sofia Open on Friday with a 6-3 7-6(5) win over Greece’s emerging talent Stefanos Tsitsipas.