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French Open: Nadal, Djokovic Q’final Battle For Wednesday

Posted: Jun 2, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The blockbuster quarterfinal at the French Open between Rafael Nadal and  Novak Djokovic  is set for Wednesday. 

Nadal dispatched Jack Sock not without difficulty and Djokovic beat Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. So the match that was the final last year will be in the quarters on Wednesday.

Nadal is bracing for a “very tough” test against “the best player in the world.”

“To have any chance against him I have to play my real best tennis,” said Nadal, whose ranking has slipped to seventh.

In losing 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in their fourth-round match, Sock became the first player at this edition of the clay-court major to take a set off the nine-time champion.

Jack Sock has become the first player to take a set off nine-time champion Rafael Nadal at this French Open.

Sock is still trailing by a set in their fourth-round match, after Nadal raced to a 6-3, 6-1 lead.

But Sock, the last U.S. man in the draw, took the third set 7-5. He let out a guttural scream after breaking Nadal with a furiously struck forehand winner.

In 70 previous matches at Roland Garros, Nadal has only ever lost once  in 2009.