Nadal moves on
PARIS—For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal will make a fifth-straight appearance in the French Open quarter-finals.
Nadal won a record 32nd-straight match at Roland Garros today—beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 to improve on his own record by one.
His only loss came in the fourth round in 2009, when he was a four-time defending champion for the first time.
Another upset never seemed possible this time—despite complaints of pain in his back that slowed his serves in the previous round.
“I don’t want to talk too much about this thing today,” Nadal said of his injury. “I have important match to come.
“Today I won a match in good shape,” he added. “We’ll see what’s going on in the future.”
Playing on Court Philippe Chatrier, Nadal’s favourite court in the world, the top-seeded Spaniard controlled the match from the start.
Nadal has won 13 major titles, and is the only man to win eight at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
With another championship at Roland Garros this year, he would become the first man to win five-straight French Open titles.
And he’s looking rather unbeatable.
The Spaniard, who turns 28 tomorrow, has lost only 23 games through four rounds—only four more than he lost in reaching the quarter-finals in 2012.
Nadal next will face fifth-seeded David Ferrer, the man he beat in last year’s French Open final.
Ferrer defeated 19th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
In the women’s tournament, fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania beat Sloane Stephens of the U.S. 6-4, 6-3 while 10th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy defeated sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Earlier, Andrea Petkovic overcame an inconsistent serve and unseeded Kiki Bertens to reach the quarter-finals with a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.
Bertens, a Dutchwoman ranked No. 148, had been bidding to become the lowest-ranked woman to reach the French Open quarter-finals since the field at the clay-court major was expanded to 128 players in 1983.