STOP! Rafa time! When this tournament pops up on a television set near you you know here comes the pain for any player who does not have the name Rafael Nadal on his passport. It is the first time this year that the BIG 3 of men’s tennis are in the same tournament.The clay court season got up and running in Europe in Monaco and this match was a must see. Goffin who has not won a grand slam against former US Open winner and Wimbledon finalist Croatia’s Marin Cilic who has had his fair share of injuries down the years.
Cilic is a big hitting player whose best days seem to be behind him but is always a threat. Having a big serve is a double edged sword, one the one hand Cilic gets a lot of Aces particularly on first serve. On the other the double faults are always high, in this match Marin got 10 of each. Goffin doing well to come from 3-1 down in the first set to win it 6-4 with some good forehand winners his specialty. In the second set, Cilic showed the form that made him a grand slam champ. Watch the drop shot at 2-2 down break point 30-40. Big serving dug him out of that hole and he went on to win the set 6-3.
In the third set, Cilic was spent. Goffin deserve credit for not showing Marin any mercy cranking up the winners count.6-0 In the final set to the Belgian who is through to round of 32.