Reigning champion did not have many difficulties to defeat Goffin with the score 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on May 31st.
Set first closed after 30 minutes with the game completely belong to Rafael Nadal. The Spanish player wins all five points and doesn’t face any break-points.
Just like the script in the first set, Goffin continued to break two serve-delivery games, in turn in the first game and the last two games, both after two stroke hits. Meanwhile, the second seed still maintained its high performance even when holding the serve (winning 78% of the serve point) and when the net was overrun (3 out of 4 times, it scored successfully).
It was not until the ninth game of the three-time set, the score was 4-4, Nadal faced the first break-point and then lost the game by a Belgian player with a winner, even if he saved the first chance. Winning the first two sets helped Nadal gain the upper hand over Goffin, who was in the Roland Garros quarterfinals three years ago. The Belgian player suddenly reversed to win the next set, forcing the match to step into the 4th set decision.
After an unbelievable double fault, Goffin made a mistake to protect his game, before pulling the match to a decision.
There, the 27th seed had two chances to push Nadal to the situation of facing the risk of getting the game delivered but they all missed it. While it is not possible to solve the same situation by itself, it is the right time to beat and finally pay the price.
In the entire 2-hour 49-minute match, David Goffin suffered 35 self-defeating errors, while Nadal made only 21 similar errors. Defeat Goffin, Nadal won the 89th match at Roland Garros
Winning the final 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, the defending champion entered the fourth round and will meet the winner of the match between Juan Ignacio Londero and Corentin Moutet.