Paris, June 8 (MNN) Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Italian Jannik Sinner to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the of the French Open’s men’s category here while world number one Novak Djokovic sailed into the quarter-finals after Lorenzo Musetti retired from the contest.
In a match marked by dramatic swings of momentum on Monday, Nadal took down 19-year-old Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 20 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
The 13-time Roland Garros winner improved to 3-0 his ATP Head2Head against the teenager, and to 50-5 against Italian players overall.
Nadal has now reached 15 quarter-finals at Roland Garros, all-time joint-most appearances alongside Djokovic, who also advanced to the next round on Sunday.
The Spaniard will next face 10th seed Diego Schwartzman, Nadal owns a 10-1 lead in their ATP Head2Head (5-1 on clay courts), and has won both their previous meetings at Roland Garros, including last year’s semi-finals.
World number one Novak Djokovic moved into the quarter-finals after Lorenzo Musetti retired on Monday.
Djokovic reached his 49th career Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-7 (7), 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 win after three hours and 27 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Djokovic is through to the last eight for a record 12th consecutive year.
The Serbian will next face another Italian Matteo Berrettini, who progressed after Roger Federer’s withdrawal on Wednesday
Djokovic, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, beat Berrettini 6-2, 6-1 in their only previous ATP Head2Head meeting at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals.