Paris ( Associated Press) — look ahead from Sunday
Rafael Nadal knows the coach of his fourth-round opponent at Roland Garros well: it is Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle and former longtime coach. Uncle Tony, as he is often called, began working part-time with Felix Auger-Aliassim last season. Which is why it’s an interesting matchup at Court Philippe Chattier on Sunday. Nadal is a 13-time champion at the French Open and the owner of a record 21 Grand Slam titles for men. And even though he recently suffered chronic pain in his left leg, and suffered a rib injury earlier this season, he is still considered the king of clay and competed against Auger-Aliassim, 21. The leading set is not omitted. The old Canadian who was a semifinalist at last year’s US Open and is seeded ninth in Paris. Both players say they expect no awkwardness; Auger-Aliasime stated that Toni Nadal would sit in a neutral location instead of any contestant’s guest box. Defending champion Novak Djokovic will face 15th seed Diego Schwartzman at the Court Susan Lenglen. If both Nadal and Djokovic win, they will play each other in the quarterfinals, adding to their professional era record for most meetings between two men, for the 59th one-on-one matchup. There are three American women in the fourth round on Sunday: 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens versus No. 23 Jill Teichmann of Switzerland, 18-year-old Coco Gauff versus No. 31 of Belgium Alice Mertens and 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova versus 2021 US Open runner-up Leyla Fernandez of Canada.
partly cloudy. High of 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 Celsius).
Saturday’s Key Results
Women’s third round: No. 1 Inga Swietec beat Danka Kovinic 6-3, 7-5; know. 29 Veronika Kudermatova won No. 3 Paula Dossa 6-3, 2-1, retired; know. 28 Camilla Giorgi won the No. 7 Arya Sabalenka 4-6, 6-1, 6-0; know. 11 Jessica Pegula No. 24 Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 7-6(2); know. 22 Madison Keys No. 16 Elena Rybakina 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3); know. 20 Daria Kasatkina beat Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-2; Zheng Qinwen beat Alize Cornet 6-0, 3-0; Irina-Kamelia Begu beat Leolia Jeannin 6-1, 6-4
Men’s third round: No. 2 Daniil Medvedev beat Miomir Kekmanovic 6-4, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Mikel Yammer 6-2, 6-2 6-1; No. 7 Andrey Rublev beat Kristian Garin 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (11); No. 11 Jannik Sinner beat Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-3; No. 12 Hubert Herkaz beat David Goffin 7-5, 6-2, 6-1; No. 20 Marin Cilic defeated Gilles Simon 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.
11 – Points saved by Jannik Sinner in the second set of his win over Mackenzie McDonald.
“I was like, ‘Okay, he’s No. 1. I’ve got to put a little more pressure on him.'” – Danka Kovinic, about facing Inga Swietek, who took his winning streak to 31 matches won his match for
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