David Goffin beat Alexander Zverev in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(7) to reach his third quarter-final at Principality. Goffin was down a set point in the tie break in the second. He saved all eight break points in the match to book his place in the last eight. The 11th seed lost his previous two meetings with Zverev but dug deep to beat the German in 1 hour and 51 minutes.
“Of course it gives me a lot of confidence,” Goffin said. “Today was more [about] the way I played. Everything was there. In this match, I served well, I was solid. I was very precise with my forehand, aggressive when I had to [be]. [It] was a great match.”
The Belgian neutralised Zverev’s serve in the first set and broke him at 3-3 for the only break in the match. He was then able to comfortably run out victorious in the first set. In the tie break, Goffin’s forehand was the difference maker when he raced to a 6-2 lead.
David Goffin beat Alexander Zverev and will now look to reach just his second Monte-Carlo semifinal when he takes on Dan Evans. The British Number One shocked the World Number One Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 on Court Rainier III to reach his first Masters 1000 quarter-final. The victory was Evans’ first win on a clay court since 2017.
“Of course, you’re always surprised when Novak is losing before the final, especially against a guy that on paper is not a clay-court specialist,” Goffin said. “But if you see Dan, he’s an amazing, talented player. I always thought that he could play on every surface.”
Pablo Carreno Busta‘s unbeaten start to the European clay swing on Court des Princes was cut short after Casper Rudd saved two match point to reach the quarter-final. The Norwegian trailed the Marbella champion 2-5 in the decider and was a point from defeat on two occasions at 3-5, but he kept his composure to win the final five games of the match for a 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-5 victory.