Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Rafael Nadal shake hands at the end of the men’s singles semifinals on the 13th day of the French Open at the Roland Garros 2021 in Paris on June 11, 2021. Nadal and Djokovic set their sights on the French Open.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are looking to book their French Open heavyweight quarter-final match on Sunday, as Carlos Alcaraz hopes to extend his career as the youngest player to reach the last 16 since 2006.
Nadal, the 13-time Roland Garros champion, met Felix Agar-Aliasim, the Canadian ninth seed Tony Nadal, the uncle and coach of the Spanish star for three decades. Nadal and Djokovic set their sights on the French Open.
“For me, it’s very simple,” Nadal said.
“She is my uncle. He doesn’t want to lose me. He wants the best for me and I want the best for him. But he is a professional and now with another player. That is the issue with nothing. “
Auger-Aliassime began working with Tony Nadal in April 2021, four years after Nadal and his uncle were named in their 27-year-old Cup league.
“We knew I would finally play Rafa when I worked with Tony,” said Auger-Aliassime, who played in his first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open in September.
“I think Tony will watch the match from a neutral venue and enjoy the match. From my point of view, this is another match.
“Rafa’s profession and how he managed Tony is a lot greater than Sunday’s match.”
At the French Open, Nadal has won 108 of three defeats.
He has reached the last eight in at least 15 of the 16 tours to Paris. Nadal lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and retired in 2016 due to a wrist injury before the third round.
Another victory for Nadal will send him to the quarter-finals with Djokovic if he beats world number one and defending champion Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the round of 16.
Alkaraj followed in Djokovic’s footsteps
Djokovic has won the previous six matches against Argentina’s 15th seed Schwartzman, including a five-set win in the third round at Roland Garros in 2017.
Alcaraz is the youngest player to reach the second week of the French Open after Djokovic 17 years ago.
Holding a match point in the second round, the sixth pick avenged the only man to lose on the ground this year, beating American Sebastian Corda in a straight round.
“I think I’m ready,” Alcaraz said. “If I could win this tournament, I’d say it’s my gold ticket.”
He has won 20 of 21 claycourt matches this season and will face 21st seed Karen Khachanov.
Third seed Alexander Zaverev, the 2021 runner-up and semifinalist in the qualifiers, is playing against 134th seed Barnabas Zapata Mirales, who is enjoying his best performance in a Grand Slam after losing to John Isner in his last 32 matches.
Last year’s US Open runner-up, Laila Fernandez, will face 28th seed Amanda Anisimova, who reached the last four in Paris three years ago, after losing to Naomi Osaka in the first round.
Coco Goff, 18, seeks a repeat of his quarter-finals a year ago when he met Belgium’s Alice Mertens, where Swiss 23rd seed Jill Tishman played with former US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who lost in the 2018 Roland Garros final.
Alexandra Sasnovich will try to reach the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam for the first time against Italy’s Martina Travisan by reaching the amazing quarter-finals in 2020.