Spain’s tennis legend Rafael Nadal is set to play Jannik Sinner in the fourth round of the prestigious Roland Garros 2021 after defeating Gasquet in the last outing.
On the third day of the first round, the Spaniard rolled back the years with his typical above-par performance against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin at the French Open 2021.
The Spaniard thumped his 21-year-old Australian opponent 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(3) to kick off his Roland Garros campaign in an emphatic fashion.
While the final scores may suggest that the victory was an easy one for Nadal, the truth is far from it. Popyrin made Nadal work for his points as he troubled the veteran throughout the game with his hard-hitting.
Commenting on his heavy hands, Nadal said: “[Popyrin] was hitting bombs, incredible!”
Rafa Rolls ⇰
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When is Nadal vs Sinner?
Rafael Nadal will take on Sinner on June 7 in Paris.
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Nadal has been phenomenal at the tournament so far. While Sinner has been equally brilliant, he likely to fall short of the Spaniard in the third round.
In his second-round performance, Nadal hammered France’s Richard Gasquet on his 35th birthday on Thursday. The 13-time French Open winner walked away with an easy 6-0 7-5 6-2 victory.
He’s in good touch and the probable winner in his next clash against Sinner.
Other candidates to keep an eye on
1. Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev are the obvious mentions when it comes to the big names that have the potential to deny Nadal his 14th French Open title this year.
Since May when he bagged the Madrid Open title, Zverev has been in the form of his life. The German star has now booked his place into the French Open last 16. He has entered the fourth round of the Roland Garros for the fourth time in a row.
The 24-year-old last overwhelmed Serbia’s Laslo Djere in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. Zverev managed to hit 31 winners and four aces in his showdown against the Serb.
His Paris tour has so far been an easy one without being jolted apart from the first-round match against Oscar Otte. Zverev’s German colleague gave him a tough time by throwing him two sets down but ended up letting the advantage slip away at the end.
2. Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev cruised to the last 16 of the Roland Garros for the first time in his career after defeating Reilly Opelka 6-4 6-2 6-4.
The Russian prodigy stood rock-solid against Opelka. After the game, Medvedev was brimming with confidence in the interview.
He claimed that defeating him at the tournament now will be a tough nut to crack after he overcame a challenger like Opelka.