Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be looking for a heavyweight clash in the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday, while Carlos Alcaraz hopes to extend his streak after becoming the youngest man to reach the round of 16. team since 2006. A record 13 Roland Garros titles won by Nadal. The Canadian ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime has been coached by Toni Nadal, the Spaniard’s uncle and coach for the past three decades.
“For me, it’s very simple,” said Nadal.
“He’s my uncle. He wouldn’t want me to lose. He wants the best for me and I want the best for him. But he’s a professional and with a different player. Is it a problem?”
Auger-Aliassime began working with Toni Nadal in April 2021, four years after Nadal and his uncle called time for their title-filled 27-year association.
“We knew I would end up playing with Rafa when I worked with Toni,” said Auger-Aliassime, who reached the first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open in September.
“I think Toni will watch from a neutral place and enjoy the game. For me, it’s a different game.
“Rafa’s career and what he did with Toni is much bigger than Sunday’s game.”
Nadal’s record at the French Open is 108 wins and just three losses.
He has reached at least eight of 15 out of 17 visits to Paris. Nadal lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and withdrew before the third round in 2016 because of a wrist injury.
Another win for Nadal would send him into the quarterfinals against Djokovic if world number one and defending champion beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in a round of 16 clash.
Alcaraz follows in Djokovic’s footsteps
Djokovic has won all 6 times against Schwartzman, the 15th seed from Argentina, including a 5-set win in the third round at Roland Garros in 2017.
Alcaraz, 19, is the youngest person to pass the second week of the French Open since Djokovic 16 years ago.
After saving a point in the second round, the sixth seed took revenge on the only person to beat him on clay this year, defeating American Sebastian Korda in consecutive sets.
“I think I’m ready,” Alcaraz said. “If I win this tournament, I would say it’s my golden ticket.”
He has won 20 of his 21 clay court matches this season and next faces 21st seed Karen Khachanov.
Third-seeded and 2021 semi-finalist Alexander Zverev qualifies Bernabe Zapata Miralles, the 134th-placed Spaniard who is having his best run in a major and has knocked out John Isner in the tournament. round 32.
Last year’s US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez faced 27th-seeded American Amanda Anisimova, who reached the last four in Paris three years ago and knocked out Naomi Osaka in the first round.
Coco Gauff, 18, wants a repeat of her quarter-final appearance a year ago against Elise Mertens of Belgium, while Swiss 23rd seed Jil Teichmann takes on former US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who lost the match. Roland Garros 2018 Finals
Aliaksandra Sasnovich will attempt to reach the main eight for the first time against Italy’s Martina Trevisan, a surprise quarterfinalist in 2020.
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