Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 13-time winner Rafael Nadal progressed to fourth spherical of the French Open with straight-sets wins in Paris on Friday.
Djokovic and Nadal will face one another within the quarterfinal if the 2 win their fourth-round matches towards Argentine Diego Schwartzman and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, respectively.
Serbian world no. 1 Djokovic beat world no. 195 Bedene 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in a single hour 44 minutes on the Philippe-Chatrier Court docket. “It isn’t potential to play completely however to attempt to play near perfection,” Djokovic mentioned in an on-court interview.
“I wish to play my attribute recreation, my aggressive recreation. It’s not at all times potential however at this time it was excellent.”
Fifth-seeded Nadal took two hours 11 minutes to defeat Twenty sixth-seeded Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court docket.
“I had my likelihood with a break level for 5-0 then match was over however he made a terrific second serve,” Nadal mentioned on court docket. “Then I performed a nasty recreation with my serve and he began to play aggressive and you’re feeling a little bit of nerves to complete the match.
“Straight units, it was my finest match of the event for 2 units and a half.”
Schwartzman, seeded fifteenth, had a snug 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 win over 18th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in his third-round match. Nonetheless, ninth-seeded Auger-Aliassime needed to work onerous to go previous Serbian Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-5 in three hours.
Djokovic has a win-loss document of 6-0 towards Schwartzman. Nonetheless, of their final French Open assembly which was a third-round match in 2017, the Serbian was stretched to 5 units earlier than triumphing 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in three hours 19 minutes.
Nadal and Auger-Aliassime have performed towards one another solely as soon as – second spherical of the 2019 Madrid Masters which the Spaniard received 6-3, 6-3.
(With inputs from Reuters)