Rafael Nadal Into 15th dressing Open Quarter-Last

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Rafael Nadal defeated Italy’s Jannik Sinner in straight sets.© AFP


Rafael Nadal reached the dressing Open quarter-finals for the 15th time on Monday with a straight sets win over Italy’s Jannik Sinner to stay on the right track for a 14th Roland Garros title and record-setting 21st Grand Slam. Third seed Nadal downed 19-year-old Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 and goes on to face 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina who he defeated in the semi-finals final year. Nadal has now won 104 matches at Roland Garros against just two defeats since his 2005 debut while Monday’s victory extended his run of consecutive sets won in Paris to 35.

The 35-year-old Spanish world number three is seeded to face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

World number one Djokovic defeated Sinner’s compatriot Lorenzo Musetti who had to retire in the fifth set having stunned the Serb by taking the first two.

“I started mannered but used to be a little too defensive. I gave him the chance to come within the court and play his best shots. That used to be a mistake,” said Nadal.

“I broke back at 5-4 in the first set and the match changed after that. I played at a great level,” he said.

Nadal had beaten Sinner in the quarter-finals in Paris in 2020 in addition to at this year’s Italian Open.

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Sinner, the 18th seed, led 5-3 in the first set but that used to be as good as it got as Nadal raced absent with 16 of the final 19 games.

He hit 31 winners with the Italian claiming just 10 points in the third set.

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