|Dates: 27 September – 11 October Venue: Roland Garros, Paris|
|Coverage: Selected radio and textual content commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport web site, plus day by day experiences and evaluation|
Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal raced into the quarter-finals with a straight-set victory over American qualifier Sebastian Korda.
Korda mentioned within the build-up that Nadal was his “idol” however the 20-year-old struggled to match the clay-court specialist on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Spanish second seed Nadal, chasing a fourth successive title at Roland Garros, took the match 6-1 6-1 6-2.
He will face the winner of Alexander Zverev versus Jannik Sinner subsequent.
“Sebastian could have a extremely vibrant future, such an awesome participant and solely 20 years previous,” mentioned 34-year-old Nadal, of a participant who calls him an inspiration.
“It is an actual honour. All of our era attempt laborious to be passionate, play each single day at our greatest, and if that’s an inspiration for the youthful era, that’s good.”
Korda, whose dad Petr was the 1998 Australian Open champion and reached the ultimate in Paris in 1992, was the youngest American man to succeed in this stage at Roland Garros since 19-year-old Michael Chang in 1991.
He grew up watching video tapes of the Spaniard and even named his cat after the 19-time Grand Slam champion.
It promised to be the right begin for the French Open debutant, who twice had break factors in a nine-minute opening recreation.
But the world quantity 213 did not convert as a ruthless Nadal held after which received the next 4 video games on his technique to clinching the opening set in 40 minutes.
He eased to the second set in blustery situations in Paris, earlier than Korda broke early within the third with a mix of fierce backhands.
But Nadal, who’s but to drop a set this match, hit again by taking the subsequent 5 video games in a row to win in a single hour and 55 minutes.