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Roland-Garros: Rafael Nadal dismisses Jannik Sinner to reach the quarter-finals | Tennis News


The 13-time Roland-Garros champion will meet Diego Schwartzman in the last eight; he entered the competition after winning his last 35 sets in a row at Roland Garros

Last updated: 07/06/21 19:16

Rafael Nadal has now won 104 matches at Roland Garros and has lost just two

Rafael Nadal has booked a quarter-final meeting with Diego Schwartzman, following a 7-5 6-3 6-0 victory over Jannik Sinner on Monday afternoon in Paris.

This straight-set victory means the 13-time champion has now won 35 straight sets at Roland Garros.

Against Sinner, Nadal resisted a pressure point at the start. He ended up 5-3 in the first set, before stepping up a gear and never looking back.

Once Nadal fully settled in, he overpowered his teenage opponent and had the correct answer to every question Sinner asked.

The 35-year-old finished the contest after winning 81% of the points on his first serve and forcing Sinner to make 40 unforced errors.

World number 10 Schwartzman awaits Nadal next, before a possible semi-final match with Novak Djokovic, if he defeats Matteo Berrettini.

Nadal and Schwartzman have met 11 times before, including in the semi-finals last year, and although the Spaniard holds a 10-1 record, he doesn’t underestimate the 28-year-old.

“Against him I have to play well,” Nadal said. “I think I am [playing well] but of course he comes there with confidence after playing great games here.

“So let’s see … it’s probably the quarterfinals of the best tournament in the world, you can’t expect an easy opponent in front of you.”

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