ATP Cup 2020 – David Goffin vs Rafael Nadal Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is David Goffin vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia

When is David Goffin vs Rafael Nadal on? Friday 10th January, 2020 – not before 06:30 (UK)

What channel is David Goffin vs Rafael Nadal on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream David Goffin vs Rafael Nadal? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for David Goffin vs Rafael Nadal? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between David Goffin and Rafael Nadal? Rafael Nadal beat David Goffin 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

DAVID GOFFIN

  • David Goffin’s heroics in coming back from a set down to beat an in-form Grigor Dimitrov inspired a full-on tie fight-back as Belgium’s doubles pairing of Gille and Vliegen clinched a championship tiebreak to win it 2-1.
  • In doing so, Belgium kept an unlikely hope of qualifying for the last eight alive and a series of other factors saw them come through as the tournament’s first runner-up.
  • 29-year-old Goffin was visibly emotional in the post-match interview as he remarked on his tendency to give up when he feels the task is too high but the clutch win will do his confidence wonders both here and for the early part of this season.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal has yet to be truly challenged at the ATP Cup, though Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka gave him a good match of it in a first set tiebreak that the world number one ultimately claimed in straight sets.
  • Spain were one of just two nations alongside hosts Australia to make it through to the quarter-finals with a 100% win percentage and will face Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur et al if they can defeat Belgium here.
  • Nadal leads a 4-1 head-to-head record with world number 11 Goffin, though the classy Belgian’s sole victory came on an indoor hard court at the 2017 ATP Finals while Nadal’s four victories are all on his favoured clay.

THE PREDICTION

While the fact that David Goffin won the only previous meeting between these players on a hard court is a fun one, it is unlikely to translate over to this match. What’s more interesting is that Goffin is part of a minority of players who have taken a set off the Spaniard at Roland-Garros in recent times, last year in fact, and that suggests that he has what it takes to bring this match to a decider. The overwhelming likelihood that Steve Darcis will have been beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut beforehand will provide Goffin an extra gear in what should be an eye-catching match. Nadal should claim the tie for Spain, though.

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