Djokovic-Nadal, the long-awaited quarterfinals, will take place at the French Open at Roland-Garros. On Sunday, May 29, Rafael Nadal got rid of five sets and 4:21 Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, deployed number 9. He did not pull the Serb against Argentine Diego Schwartzman. He will leave with some advantage. Tonight, Carlos Alcaraz will face Russian Karen Khachanov in a night session. Americans Cori Gauff, Martina Trevisan and Leylah Fernandez qualified for the quarterfinals in the women’s tournament.
Rafael Nadal walks in pain
Rafael Nadal lost his first two sets in the tournament, but still lives on Roland-Garros. He won in five sets (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4) and 4:21 over the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassim, set with number 9. The Spaniard had all the trouble in the world to got rid of his young opponent (21), who has the honor of being trained for a year by Mallorca’s uncle Toni Nadal.
Auger-Aliassime offers a complete game without weak points, based on great service and effective volleyball. Thanks to his height (1.93 m), he doesn’t seem to mind the height of the bounce from the Spaniard’s forehand. Nadal had a slow start to the match, giving up his first set in the tournament, but then he tightened the game and seemed to have the upper hand over his young opponent. In the third set, Auger-Aliassime showed a drop in speed and Nadal, the Imperial in defense, seemed to be able to win in four sets.
But the Canadian was able to show resilience and audacity to bounce back in the fourth set. Very calm, he fired, returned to the game, and after a suffocating fifth set, even came close to winning. It was only the third match with the best of five sets that Nadal Porte d’Auteuil had played in his entire career, for three wins. And so far one of the most beautiful meetings of the fortnight.
“Felix is a great player, one of the best in the world, with great strength.” It was very difficult today. (…) It’s an important victory for me. “Rafael Nadal told France Telecommunications after the match.
Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic on Tuesday for the promised explosive quarterfinals. This will be their 59thE confrontation, a record in the era of modern tennis. Among them, they won forty-one grand slam tournaments. The Spaniard spent two hours more on the court today than the Serb, which probably weighs a lot in their confrontation.
Novak Djokovic is running
Unlike Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic did not hang out on the Suzanne-Lenglen court. He won in three sets (6-1, 6-3, 6-3) and 2:15 against Diego Schwartzman. It was a real test for the Serb, because the Argentine, 15E The world player has a reputation for being a real clay poison.
But Schwartzman, visibly nervous, played only intermittently. Despite public support, it seemed that the pocket Argentine (1.70 m) could never shake the world number one, sure of his tennis.
“It was a good match, I’m happy. I found my service. (…) I feel good physically and mentally. I’m ready to play Rafa in the quarter. “declared in French the Serb at the end of negotiations into the microphones of France Télévisions.
In another one-sided match, American Cori Gauff clearly defeated Belgian Elise Mertens with a final score (6-4, 6-0). Despite her young age (18), she reached the Porte d’Auteuil district for the second year in a row.
Alexander Zverev will get away with this
Irregularly, the German Alexander Zverev tried to overcome the Spaniard Bernabe Zapata Miralles, a catchy opponent on clay. Nevertheless, he won in three tight sets (7-6 (13-11), 7-5, 6-3).
Despite its average ATP rating (131E), Zapata Miralles occasionally managed to destabilize the number 3 position. In the quarter, he will be against the winner of the match between the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and the Russian Karen Khachanov.
Martina Trevisan, patience rewarded
On the court Suzanne-Lenglen Italian Martina Trevisan (59E in the WTA rankings) defeated Belarus Aliaksandra Sasnovich (47E) 7-6 (10), 7-5. Two players went shot after shot from the baseline for two hours.
Good fight, despite the weakness of the two protagonists. More defensive, Transalpine made fewer mistakes and was more patient in exchange. After 2020, she reached the quarterfinals of the Porte d’Auteuil for the second time in her career.
Leylah Fernandez on a date
At Philippe-Chatrier, young Canadian Leylah Fernandez, 19 and 17E world player, defeated (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) American Amanda Anisim (28E) in a match where unforced errors outweighed the winning strokes. Anisim, a semi-finalist at the Porte d’Auteuil in 2019, at the age of 17, was too volatile to hope she qualified. Leylah Fernandez will have to raise her game level in the quarterfinals against Italian Martina Trevisan if the young woman wants to get far on Parisian clay.