12-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal on Friday breezed into the round of sixteen of the French Open by defeating Italian Stefano Travaglia 6-1, 6-4,6-0 in just 95 minutes. Nadal’s victory keeps him on track to equal Swiss maestro Roger Federer’s record of 20 major titles.
Nadal marked his 96th win in the French Open in style, thumping his opponent in just 95 minutes. Nadal dispatched Travaglia in clinical fashion as the Spanish tennis ace won six of his seven breakpoints. Nadal also served two aces in the match and converted 77% of his first serve. Nadal also won a whopping 14 points in a row against the 74th ranked Italian.
“I think today I played the best match this year at Roland Garros,” said Nadal after his victory.
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The Spaniard now faces 213th ranked- American qualifier Sebastian Korda for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Sebastian who is the son of 1992 Australian Open winner Petr Korda, speaking about Nadal said, “He’s my biggest idol. He’s one of the reasons I play tennis, growing up, I named my cat Rafa after him. That says a lot about how much I love the guy.”
The 20-year-old Korda beat Pedro Martinez in straight sets to become the first man outside the top 200 to make the last 16 in Paris since France’s Arnaud di Pasquale in 2002.
In a major upset in the third round, 239 ranked Hugo Gaston defeated 2015 French Open winner Stan Wawrinka 2-6,6-3,6-3,4-6,6-0.
Gaston will now face US Open winner and third seed Dominic Thiem. “It’s amazing for me, it’s a dream. But I try to stay focused,” said Gaston after his victory.
“I’m feeling tired with the adrenaline rush but I still have some gas, I’m not going to put pressure on myself and will try to play relaxed like I did today,” he added.
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Italian teenager Jannik Sinner became the youngest player to reach the fourth round of the French Open since Novak Djokovic in 2006. Sinner defeated Argentine Federico Coria in straight sets, 3-6,5-7,5-7.
Sinner will now go toe-to-toe with US Open runner up Alexander Zverev.
“I’m just trying to improve day after day,” said the 75th-ranked Sinner, who is yet to drop a set in Paris.