Rafael Nadal beats Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets to reach French Open fourth round [PHOTOS]

21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is into the fourth round of the French Open after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Botic van de Zandschulp on Court Suzanne Lenglen. He has reached the fourth round at the tournament for the 17th time in his career.

Rafa has dropped just 20 games in nine sets to reach the fourth round, keeping alive the possibility of a fifth Roland Garros title without the loss of a set (2008, 2010, 2017, 2020). He improved to 108-3 at the tournament, with 88 of those wins coming in straight sets.

After the match, Rafa said:

“It’s a pleasure to play on Suzanne-Lenglen … Botic played a good match, he’s a tough player. I let him back in to the third set, but I played my best match of the tournament so far until then.”

Rafa will play Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime, who added Toni Nadal to his coaching set-up in April last year, for a place in the last 8.

9 comments

  1. Great to see fans showing love and respect to Rafa. Confidence and belief-all the best against
    FAA👍👏💪🤛🍀🎾❤️

  2. Congratulations Rafa!
    Recover, Focus and take out Joker ..if that’s the way the ball falls!
    Best of Luck going forward, take good care!
    XOXO

  3. Great match champ, even with that little drama thrown in at the end just for kicks.

    Looking good out there. Keep it up Rafa.

  4. Biennnnn!!!! Rafa, adelante, ya en tus próximas rondas serán más difíciles, pero tengo confianza en ti, y que tu lesión te respete, adelante!!!!!!

  5. Well done Rafa. Take confidence out of this win and keep going. It will be tough but you can do it.

    Take rest and than all the best for sunday. Vamos Rafa❤️

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