Djokovic and Nadal win and face off in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros | slippers

The long-awaited duel between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the quarter-finals of the Roland Garros Grand Slam has been confirmed and will take place next Tuesday in Paris, France. This Sunday, the tennis players beat Diego Schwartzman and Félix Auger-Aliassime, respectively, and will face the most anticipated match of this edition of the tournament. It will be the 59th duel between the two tennis players. Nole has a small advantage in mind: 30 x 28.

Djokovic was the first to make it to the quarter-finals. The Serb, number 1 in the world, had no problem beating the Argentine Schwartzman by 3 sets of 0 (6/1, 6/3 and 6/3) and advanced to the next phase. Nol has not lost a single set in this edition of Roland Garros and remains undefeated against the Argentine, who overtook him for the seventh time in his career.

To secure the place, Djokovic had to wait for the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Félix Auger-Aliassime. The Spaniard, who holds 13 French clay titles, suffered against the 21-year-old Canadian, but won 3 sets and 2 (3/6, 6/3, 6/2, 3/6 and 6/3). ). It was Nadal’s third time playing in the fifth set, in 112 tournament games.

In addition to the third championship, Djokovic is still looking for a Roland Garros title to equal Rafael Nadal’s record. The Serb has won 20 Grand Slam titles – the same number as the Swiss Roger Federer – one less than Touro Miúra.

Novak Djokovic beats Schwartzman at Roland Garros – Photo: Getty Images

Djokovic and Schwartzman had a quiet duel, still warming up – the Serbian broke his opponent’s serve and opened the scoring 3-1 on the court. Three consecutive balls, the Argentine facilitated the task of “Nole”, and in the recovery of the possession of the kick-off he entered the 4 and 1. Regularly, Djokovic made minor mistakes, and Schwartzman also made a double mistake. Soon, with some ease, the Serb quickly killed the points and closed out the 6-1, which would become the most elastic set in the duel.

Djokovic 3 x 0 Schwartzman final points for the 4th round of Roland Garros

The scenario for the second set was completely different. After the previous phase’s beating, Schwartzman took a different stance and focused on the court, opening the 3-0 by breaking Djokovic’s free kick in the second game. In just a few minutes, the Argentine managed to perform better than in the entire first set.

No. 1 in the standings, Djokovic would not give up technically in the face of a technically inferior opponent. He returned with a confirmation and a discontinued service to narrow the gap. And when he hit one of the most balanced games, with a lively exchange of balls, he tied the game: 3 and 3. The motivation then changed sides: “Nole” reached the opponent, frustrated. The result: the Serbs returned to the break, returning to 6-3.

Djokovic celebrates his place in the quarterfinals – Photo: Getty Images

In the last set, Novak Djokovic maintained a high level of confidence. The tennis player, who is looking for Roland Garros’ third championship, repeated the 6-3 draw and took another step towards the final.

Nadal suffers in a 4h23 match

In the duel between the sacred Nadal and the novice Auger-Aliassime, the Canadian athlete started at the top. In the 52nd minute, the youngster went 6-3 in the first set. At the last point, he made an impressive kick, Nadal was unable to turn the ball around. The Spaniard, who ranks fifth in the standings, only once broke the Canadian’s ninth place finish. There were 15 unforced errors by “Touro Miúra”

In the second set, Rafael Nadal, unlike in the previous stage, confirmed his services and prevented the Canadian from firing. And, after the Auger-Aliassime free kick was broken, it opened 5-3. The Spaniard, when he had a chance to score, took advantage: he made his opponent run to the back of the court, and in return. , with a start, returned 6 to 3 and tied the game.

Rafael Nadal played his fifth set of Roland Garros for the third time in his career – Photo: Getty Images

After finding himself on the court, Rafael Nadal imposed his steamroller in the third set and won 6-2. The hope was that he would repeat the feat in the next set. But what was seen was Auger-Aliassime making a masterful match and a 6-3 win over “King of Clay”, forcing a fifth set.

After a 4-hour start, Nadal and Auger-Aliassim fought another final and decisive battle. And once again, balance was key. The veteran fought for every ball while the rookie was making history – whatever the end result – against the biggest champion of the tournament.

Last points: Rafael Nadal 3 x 2 Félix Auger-Aliassime for the quarter-finals of Roland Garros

Last points: Rafael Nadal 3 x 2 Félix Auger-Aliassime for the quarter-finals of Roland Garros

Nadal and Auger-Aliassim made few mistakes and therefore confirmed their services. But Nadal had a double break when he was leading 4-3, and he didn’t miss a chance to break the Canadian’s serve with a heroic point. Celebration on the court and in the stands.

With confidence, Nadal hit the serve, needing one more game to move forward. And he didn’t give his opponent a chance: he closed 6 and 3 and made a big vibration. The Spaniard was praised by the public and, although he was worshiped, he also applauded the courage and talent of the Canadian.

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