Rafael Nadal defeated Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the 15th time on Monday afternoon, staying on course for a 14th French Open title and 21st Grand Slam crown.
After the match, Rafa said:
“It’s a pleasure to be back on this court and always a pleasure to play in front of you. I played a very good opponent.
“I think I started playing well the first couple of games then I played a little bit defensive for the first few games. I think I played a great level of tennis after 4-3 in the second set, so I am very happy about that.”
Our champ racked up his 104th win at the tournament against just two defeats since his title-winning debut in 2005. He will next play No. 42 Diego Schwartzman, who also has not lost a set in the tournament.
Rafa on playing Diego:
“It is always a challenge to play against him. I need to play well. He is going to be confident after winning a couple of good matches here. I hope to be ready for it.”