Rafael Nadal prevailed with the score 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1 against Italian teenager Jannik Sinner. Sinner tore Nadal in the opening set although the Spanish 12 time champion hit back and won the tie-break. Nadal dominated the rest of the quarter final and sealed the win at 1:25 local time. His record now is 98 wins and only 2 defeats.
Talented Sinner, who is only 19 years old, has shown a rapid ascent over the past year, he has gone from the 324th in the world to number 75, while his position will further rise after this tournament. Last year Sinner became the winner who is also the youngest of ATP NextGen title, and he continued by reaching the second round of this year’s Australian Open. He has shown brilliant game with leaving behind 11th seed David Goffin, US Open finalist Alexander Zverev and Federico Coria. Sinner’s groundstrokes overawed by their velocity everyone, including Nadal early in the match.
Nadal’s next opponent is Diego Schwartzman. Earlier this Tuesday the Argentine prevailed in a tense five-set, five-hour marathon with US Open Champion Dominic Thiem. Schwartzman defeated Nadal in Italy in September in straight sets, but the Spaniard has gone to win the title on every occasion.
So far the French Open is incomparable as it is, and Nadal won 15 sets he played. Sinner was not the only one to learn that one can play very well, but still have nothing to show with such an opponent as Nadal. There are two more days before the semi-finals, but most likely the next game won’t go on until 1.25 am like the last one.