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Rafael Nadal takes inspiration from Real Madrid’s heroics.

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men's Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal takes inspiration from Real Madrid’s heroics in his 3 hours and 10 minutes grueling battle against David Goffin on Thursday.

Rafael Nadal takes inspiration from Real Madrid's heroics
Nadal saves four match points against Goffin to survive in Madrid. (Image: Getty)

Nadal, playing his first tournament in six weeks after suffering a stress fracture of a rib at Indian Wells in March, saved four match points against Goffin to survive in Madrid.

The former world No. 1 blew two match points in the second set before saving four against experienced Belgian rival in the final set tiebreak, finally closing out a 6-3 5-7 7-6(9) victory to advance to the quarter-finals of Madrid Open.

“Yesterday was an unforgettable night,” he said.

Rafael Nadal takes inspiration from Real Madrid's heroics
Rafael Nadal takes inspiration from Real Madrid’s heroics. (Image: Getty )

“The spirit that Real Madrid team have is just incredible and for me today, an inspiration for the way I have been fighting all my tennis career.”

He also praised the efforts from Goffin, who pushed him hard all the way after going a set down.

“Honestly, [it was] very tough. David played at a very high level and at the same time I am not completely happy because I had to finish the match in straight sets without a doubt,” he said.

He added: “Three hours, 10 [minutes] on the court helps increase my physical performance.

“A very important victory, saving match points, that’s confidence, that gave me the chance to keep going. I need matches and days like today to be fitter sooner.”

The 35-year-old will play his fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-final, after progressing with a 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-3 victory over Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie.

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