Rafael Nadal defeats Jannik Sinner securing a spot in the quarter-finals, bidding to win a 14th Roland-Garros title in Paris.
On Monday, Rafael Nadal battled past the 19-year-old Italian, earning a 7-5, 6-3. 6-0 victory in two hours and 17 minutes.
The Spaniard advanced into his 15th quarter-final at the French Open without dropping a set in the Parisian tournament, continuing a streak of 35 consecutive sets won at the event.
Jannik Sinner, who broke into the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings last April, took the lead in the first set at 3-2, winning three games in a row, while World No. 3 showcased an erratic game, recording three double faults at that stage.
The 18th seed hit three winners and 25 unforced errors; serving for the set at 5-4, he got stopped by the third seed, who recovered from 3-5 down to close out the opener 7-5 in an hour.
In the second set, the 35-year-old broke his rival early to open a 4-0 gap in 20 minutes.
The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion managed to narrow the score 4-3, but the Spanish player prevailed over ranked No. 19 to seal the set with a 6-3 victory.
The 13-time Roland-Garros champion improved his performance taking control of the decider to overcome the 2021 ATP Masters 1000 Miami Open finalist with a solid 6-0 win.
Despite an erratic start, recording seven double faults across the match, the defending champion regrouped, hitting a total of 31 winners during the encounter.
Nadal remains unbeaten in his last 34 matches at Roland-Garros. In addition, he won 81 percent of points on his first serve to Sinner’s 42.
In 2020, both players met at the French Open - exceptionally contested in September.
The two-time ATP titlist, Sinner, reached the quarter-finals in his tournament debut to play Nadal, with the former losing to his adversary.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion moved on to play Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals in Paris, which the latter lost in three sets 3-6, 3-6, 6-7 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
In 2021, the Manacor native will contest his 44th Grand Slam quarter-finals facing the 10th seed.
Earlier in the day, Schwartzman beat German player Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets 7-6(9), 6-4, 7-5.
Overall, Nadal leads their ATP Head2Head series 10-1.
Thus far, the Argentinian player is yet to drop a set in the competition, displaying his best tennis since capturing the Argentina Open title on home soil early in March.