Goffin scores big win over Djokovic in Monte Carlo

David Goffin

Novak Djokovic's disappointing 2017 form continued as he handed David Goffin the biggest win of his career at the Monto-Carlo Masters on Friday.

The 10th-seeded Belgian had lost all five of his previous meetings against Djokovic, but came out on top on this occasion courtesy of a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory.

It was also the first time in 14 tries that Goffin had managed to beat a top-three opponent.

And it was a well deserved win, with Goffin starting and finishing the stronger of the two competitors.

In the first set, he moved Djokovic around the court, frequently dictating play as he broke in the first and fifth games.

But true to his reputation, the Serb hit back strongly, winning 11 straight points at one point on the way to the second set.

Djokovic also carved out an early break in the third set, but impressively, Goffin was able to fight back from 2-4 down, punishing his opponent for a few missed opportunities he had to take a double break lead.

He would win three straight games for a 5-4 advantage and then held his nerve to seal victory during a marathon final game that saw Djokovic save four match points before finally relenting on the fifth.

"It's just unfortunate I missed my chances in the third set to go up a double break afterwards," said Djokovic afterwards. 

"I started slowly probably because I played two long matches. But I thought as the match progressed I was feeling okay. 

"I had my chances, I definitely did. I just didn't use them."

Goffin will have little time to celebrate his victory, however, as he moves on to face Rafael Nadal in Saturday's semi-finals.

Nadal, chasing a 10th title in Monte Carlo, remained on track for a perfect start to the clay-court season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Argentina's Diego Schwartzman.

The score doesn't tell the whole story of the match, however, as Nadal was broken twice in the first and twice more in the second, where he trailed 2-4 at one point.

Luckily he also claimed six breaks of his own to ensure he kept he kept the Argentine at bay.

The other semi-final sees another Spaniard, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, take on France's Lucas Pouille.

Ramos-Vinolas, fresh from his victory over World No 1 Andy Murray, beat Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, while Pouille defeated Pablo Cuevas 6-0, 3-6, 7-5.

All of Friday's semi-final results

Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 6-4 6-4      
David Goffin (Belgium) beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-2 3-6 7-5 
Lucas Pouille (France) beat Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) 6-0 3-6 7-5 
Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-2 6-7(5) 6-2