Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will look to e book a heavyweight French Open quarter-final conflict Sunday, whereas Carlos Alcaraz hopes to increase his run after changing into the youngest man to make the final 16 since 2006. Document 13-time Roland Garros champion Nadal takes on Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Canadian ninth seed skilled by Toni Nadal, the Spanish star’s uncle and coach for the perfect a part of three a long time.
“For me, it is quite simple,” mentioned Nadal.
“He’s my uncle. He is not going to need me to lose. He needs the perfect for me and I would like the perfect for him. However he is an expert and with one other participant now. It is zero downside.”
Auger-Aliassime began working with Toni Nadal in April 2021, 4 years after Nadal and his uncle known as time on their 27-year, trophy-laden affiliation.
“We knew it was a risk that ultimately I’d play Rafa once I’m working with Toni,” mentioned Auger-Aliassime, who made his first Grand Slam semi-final on the US Open in September.
“I feel Toni will watch from a impartial place and benefit from the match. From my half it is one other match.
“Rafa’s profession and what he did with Toni is far larger than the match on Sunday.”
Nadal’s report on the French Open reads 108 wins in opposition to simply three defeats.
He has reached a minimum of the final eight in 15 of 17 visits to Paris. Nadal misplaced to Robin Soderling within the fourth spherical in 2009 and withdrew earlier than the third spherical in 2016 with a wrist damage.
One other victory for Nadal would ship him via to a quarter-final with Djokovic ought to the world primary and defending champion defeat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in his last-16 conflict.
Alcaraz follows in Djokovic footsteps
Djokovic has received all six earlier conferences with Schwartzman, the fifteenth seed from Argentina, together with a five-set victory within the third spherical at Roland Garros in 2017.
Alcaraz, 19, is the youngest man via to the second week of the French Open since Djokovic 16 years in the past.
After saving a match level within the second spherical, the sixth seed gained revenge in opposition to the one man to beat him on clay this 12 months, defeating American Sebastian Korda in straight units.
“I feel I’m prepared,” mentioned Alcaraz. “If I win this event I’d say it is my golden ticket.”
He has received 20 of 21 matches on clay this season and subsequent faces twenty first seed Karen Khachanov.
Third seed and 2021 semi-finalist Alexander Zverev performs qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles, the 134th-ranked Spaniard who’s having fun with his finest run at a serious and took down John Isner within the final 32.
Final 12 months’s US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez tackles American twenty seventh seed Amanda Anisimova, who made the final 4 in Paris three years in the past and knocked out Naomi Osaka within the first spherical.
Coco Gauff, 18, seeks a repeat of her quarter-final look from a 12 months in the past when she meets Belgium’s Elise Mertens, whereas Swiss twenty third seed Jil Teichmann performs former US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who misplaced the 2018 Roland Garros ultimate.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich will attempt to attain the final eight of a serious for the primary time in opposition to Italy’s Martina Trevisan, a shock quarter-finalist in 2020.
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