what to remember from Sunday’s day at Roland-Garros

Rafael Nadal, thirteen times titled at Roland-Garros, will find world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Tuesday after his victory snatched on Sunday against the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3 -6, 6-3 after four and a half hours of exchanges on an incandescent central court.

Carlos Alcaraz walked against Karen Khachanov in just over two hours of play: 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. The Spaniard flew over the first set and broke at the best of times in the seventh game of the second set. The superiority of 6e world has been indisputable. In the third act, Alcaraz broke again thanks to a sublime tweener‐lob. The Russian saved 5 match points on his serve but logically gave in. The phenomenon will face Alexander Zverev in the quarters, against whom he has a negative record (1-2) but whom he largely beat a few weeks ago in the final in Madrid.

Like last year, Coco Gauff will be in the quarters at Roland-Garros: the 18-year-old American dominated the Belgian Élise Mertens on Sunday, 6-4, 6-0 in less than 1h30. She will find her compatriot Sloane Stephens there who will also be playing her third quarters at Porte d’Auteuil … with the difference that for her, it has been three years since she reached this level in a Grand Slam. The 2018 finalist in Paris and 2017 winner of the US Open, now 64th in the world, won her ticket on Sunday by beating Jil Teichmann (24th), 6-2, 6-0.

The Italian Martina Trevisan, 59th in the world, and the young Canadian Leylah Fernandez, 18th in the world at 19, will face each other in the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros.


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