French Open: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal enter the fourth round of the French Open | Tennis News

World No. 1 defeated Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-3 6-2 on Court Philippe-Chatrier to approach a possible quarterfinal meeting with Rafael Nadal; Nadal defeated Botic van de Zandschulp in his third-round match

Last Updated: 5/28/22 11:49 AM

Novak Djokovic aims to defend the title he won at the French Open last year

Novak Djokovic aims to defend the title he won at the French Open last year

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both entered the fourth round of the French Open courtesy of straight sets wins on Friday afternoon at Roland Garros.

World No. 1 raced to a 6-3 6-3 6-2 victory over Aljaz Bedene on Court Philippe-Chatrier and soon after, Nadal finished the job against Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-2 6-4.

Both men have four-round matches to play, but if they are victorious, they will face each other in the quarterfinals.

Djokovic is ready to face Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round and Nadal will face Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Djokovic does a light job of Bedene

On Court Philippe-Chatrier, Djokovic entered his furrow early and never stopped.

His opponent Bedene, ranked 195th in the world after an eight-month layoff and return to action in March, was no match for the power of the world No. 1 and almost-flawless service games.

The Serb missed three break points at 2-1 in the first set, but quickly got another chance to get through it in just over 30 minutes.

Djokovic got two more breaks in the second set to clinch it as quickly as the first, with Bedene failing to create a single break chance during the match.

Bedene scored just five points on Djokovic’s serve during the first two sets.

Djokovic looks concentrated in Paris and easily reached the fourth round

Djokovic looks concentrated in Paris and easily reached the fourth round

The third set went in a similar fashion where Djokovic broke early and Bedene, who made twice as many non-binding errors as his opponent, failed to respond.

“It’s not possible to play perfectly but strive to play close to perfection,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview.

“I want to play my characteristic game, my aggressive game. It’s not always possible but today it was very good.”

The 35-year-old world No. 1 is now in an eight-match winning streak after his title in Rome and has never lost to his fourth-round opponent Schwartzman on Tour.

Christmas dismissal Van De Zandschulp

Rafael Nadal now has a record at Roland Garros of 108 wins to just three losses

Rafael Nadal now has a record at Roland Garros of 108 wins to just three losses

The 13-time French Open champion made an impressive display of his own for the crowd on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

Nadal played with his trademark intensity and produced two almost perfect sets of tennis to press 6-3 6-2 up. He hit just two non-binding errors in the opening and only three in the second set.

Van De Zandschulp gained confidence as the third set went on, but Nadal used his experience to arrange proceedings and cross the line before his opponent could make further significant invasions.

“I had my chance with a break point for 5-0 in the third but then he did an excellent second serve, ace wide,” Nadal said later. “I played a bad game with my service afterwards and he played very aggressive tennis.

“You always feel the nerve to end the match [off], so I’m happy to be through I straight sets. I think it was my best match of the tournament for two-and-a-half sets. So, I’m very happy about that. “

    Felix Auger-Aliassime is coached by Rafael Nadal's uncle

Felix Auger-Aliassime is coached by Rafael Nadal’s uncle

Norrie’s next opponent – Auger-Aliassime – is currently being coached by his uncle, Toni. The 13-time French Open champion quickly dealt with the situation and explained his feelings.

“I already talked to Toni after my match,” he said. “I know you’re going to ask the question, but for me it’s very simple.

“He’s my uncle. I don’t think he’ll want me to lose, no doubt, but he’s a professional and he’s with another player.

“I don’t know what will happen if he stays in the box or not, but I don’t care. I have no problem with that. So it’s not a story for me at all. I know the feelings. That we have each other .

“I know he wants the best for me. Now he’s helping another player. But honestly, for me, it’s a zero problem and I know he wants the best for me.”

Canadian Auger-Aliassime is waiting for his coach to leave for this particular encounter.

“It was black and white from the first time we started working together, we knew it was a possibility that eventually I would pose as Rafa when I work with Toni,” he said.

“But I think Toni will watch from a neutral spot and enjoy the match.”

Schwartzman expels Dimitrov in three

Diego Schwartzman moves into the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fourth time in his last five appearances.

Diego Schwartzman moves into the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fourth time in his last five appearances.

Schwartzman defeated Grigor Dimitrov in three sets 6-3 6-1 6-2, earlier in the day on Friday.

The 15th seed was able to take advantage of Dimitrov’s up and down during their contest. Dimitrov finished the match making 59 non-binding errors, while Schwartzman kept his tally down to just 20.

Djokovic and Schwartzman met six times on the ATP Tour, where the world No. 1 never lost. The last meeting between the two was at the ATP Finals back in 2020.

Alexander Zverev, who already had to save a match point, defeated Brandon Nakashima of the United States 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 7-6 (7-5) on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

Zverev will face Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the fourth round. The Spaniard defeated John Isner in five sets 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 (7-5) 6-3 in three hours and 28 minutes.

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