ATP World Tour Finals 2017 - Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin Preview

13th Nov 2017 by TSZ

Quick Facts

Where is Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin taking place? 02 Arena, London

When is Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin on? Monday 13th November, 2017

What time does Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin start? 20:00 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin on? Sky Sports Main Event

The Lowdown

RAFAEL NADAL

  • After a magnificent year in which he won two of the four Grand Slams, Nadal will look to cement his world number one position and claim his first ATP World Tour Finals title.
  • This trophy has eluded him throughout his career, with the fast indoor court not to his favour and he has been outspoken in his belief that the surface should be changed from time to time.
  • There have been doubts over the Spaniard's participation in this event due to a persistent knee injury, so this match with Goffin will be an indicator of his physical condition.

DAVID GOFFIN

  • It has been a consistent year for Goffin on the tour, making four finals and winning two titles, including back-to-back triumphs during the Asian stretch.
  • Goffin has succumbed to Nadal twice in 2017, but both of those were on clay so the Belgian will believe he has a better chance on the faster indoor surface.
  • The world number eight was an alternate for the World Tour Finals last year and lost his one game as a replacement for Gael Monfils, so he will relish his full debut this time around.

The Statistics

  • Rafael Nadal has a 100% record against David Goffin having beaten him on both occasions in which they have met.
  • David Goffin's best surface career statistics are on hard courts with a 62% win ratio and 66% indoors compared to 59% outdoors.
  • Rafael Nadal has beaten David Goffin in straight sets in the two matches they have played.
  • David Goffin and Rafael Nadal have only ever met on outdoor clay surfaces in Madrid and Monte Carlo.
  • David Goffin has a 69% win ratio against left-handed players compared to a 59% win ratio against right-handers.
  • Rafael Nadal has only lost 10 of his 77 matches played in 2017 with an 87% win ratio compared 82.6% over his entire career.
  • Rafael Nadal has never won the ATP World Tour Finals having been runner-up on two occasions in 2010 and 2013.

The Prediction

The Tour Finals title is one of the few accolades missing from Nadal's glittering CV, and he would dearly love to cap off his superb 2017 by lifting the trophy. There are question marks over the condition of his knee and that could hinder his chances, but he should still have enough to overcome Goffin in this opener.

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