David Goffin reveals ATP Finals game plan for injured Rafael Nadal
The Belgian takes on the world No. 1 on Monday night – should the 31-year-old not pull out due to a knee injury – and will fancy his chances of causing an upset.
Nadal has struggled with his right knee in the final weeks of the season, which saw him skip Basel and ultimately withdraw from the Paris Masters.
While a contest with the world No. 8, who he’s never lost a set against, might seem like a fairly straightforward prospect, an in-form Goffin pushed Nadal hard in Madrid earlier this season, before a freak injury at the French Open saw him miss plenty of 2017 action.
After back-to-back titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo, the 26-year-old made a late surge to reach the ATP Finals and his reward is a fascinating opening encounter with the top seed.
And Goffin is ready to make Nadal ‘run a lot’ and ‘be aggressive’ as he looks to take advantage of his recent struggles.
‘It’s the toughest opponent to start this campaign here at the ATP Finals,’ he said at his pre-match press conference. ‘It’s not going to be easy, of course.
‘We’ve played some good matches – on clay in Madrid for example was a good match that Rafa won and we’ll try and play another good match here.
‘I’m sure I can play some good tennis against him. I’ll try and play some good rallies, be aggressive and make him run a lot.
‘We’ll see, I have nothing to lose. It will be a good match.’