French Open defending champion, Novak Djokovic delivered yet another tactical masterclass to make it into the Last 16 round of the competition without dropping a single set this week.
The Serb went on to win 6-3 6-3 6-2 – saving one break point in the third set against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene.
With this win, the 34-year-old top seed looks primed to reach the quarter-final in yet another epic clash with 13-time Spanish champion Rafael Nadal.
In similar fashion, 35-year-old Nadal equaly delivered a solid performance to moved into the last 4th stage of the competition with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Dutch opponent Botic van de Zandschulp.
It should be recalled that in the pulsating semi final of the competition last year, Djokovic defeated. This year, Nadal squares off against Canadian star, Felix Auger-Aliassime in Paris on Sunday.
One element of the game between Nadal and Auger-Aliassime is the fact that Toni Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle who coached him to 16 of his 21 major titles, is an integral part of Auger-Aliassime’s team in Paris and it remains to be seen how that match-up will play out.