French Open: Djokovic faces Nadal for the 59th time

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FILE – Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Rafael Nadal of Spain look at each other as they pose for pictures before the French Open tennis final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, October 11 2020. When Djokovic and Nadal meet in the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros on Tuesday May 31, 2022, it will be their 59th career match, more than any other two men in the professional tennis era, and their first meeting since last year’s semi-finals at Roland Garros. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

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PLAN TUESDAY

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 59th time in the Roland-Garros quarter-finals. Two men have not faced each other more often in the professional era of tennis. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 30-28, but Nadal leads their clashes on clay 19-8 and at Roland Garros 7-2. Djokovic beat Nadal in the semi-finals in Paris a year ago, and Nadal beat Djokovic in the final two years ago. Djokovic hasn’t dropped a set in four rounds; Nadal was pushed to five sets over almost 4.5 hours in his previous match. The match is scheduled for Tuesday night at Court Philippe Chatrier, and Nadal had made it clear that he preferred to play on red clay during the day. The other men’s quarter-finalist is No. 3 Alexander Zverev against No. 6 Carlos Alcaraz in a rematch of the Madrid Open final won by Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spaniard who also beat Djokovic and Nadal the low. The Women’s Quarterfinals features an All-American match between 18-year-old Coco Gauff and 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who was also a runner-up at the 2018 French Open. female is the 17th Leylah Fernandez, a 19-year-old Canadian who was a finalist at the US Open last September, against the Italian Martina Trevisan, 54th in the standings.

TUESDAY FORECASTS

Sunny. High of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius).

MONDAY RESULTS

Women’s Fourth Round: No. 1 Iga Swiatek beat Zheng Qinwen 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2; #11 Jessica Pegula beat Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; #20 Daria Kasatkina beat #28 Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2; No. 29 Veronika Kudermetova beat No. 22 Madison Keys 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Men’s fourth round: No. 20 Marin Cilic beat No. 2 Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-3, 6-2; Holger Rune beat number 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 7 Andrey Rublev beat No. 11 Jannik Sinner 1-6, 6-4, 2-0, retired; No. 8 Casper Ruud beat No. 12 Hubert Hurkacz 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

STAT OF THE DAY

1994 – The last time there were two teenagers in the men’s quarter-finals at a Grand Slam tournament; Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune both turn 19 this year.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It was Dua Lipa, kind of a guilty pleasure.” – Iga Swiatek, who said it was the song she was singing in her head as she came back from a set down and won her 32nd game in a row.

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