Sunday, 04 October 2020 14:43

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Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal raced into the quarter-finals with a straight-set victory against American qualifier Sebastian Korda.

Korda said in the build-up Nadal was his "idol" but the 20-year-old struggled to match the clay-court specialist on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Second seed Nadal, chasing a fourth successive title at Roland Garros, took the match 6-1 6-1 6-2.

He will face the winner of Alexander Zverev versus Jannik Sinner next.

Meanwhile after a slow start of the campaign against Jaume Munar, Stefanos Tsitsipas has found the rhythm in Paris, beating Pablo Cuevas and Aljaz Bedene in straight sets. The Greek will compete in the fourth round at Roland Garros for the second consecutive year, ousting Bedene 6-1, 6-2, 3-1 in an hour and 20 minutes, with the Slovenian retiring with a right ankle injury.

Stefanos hit ten aces and saved both break points offered to Aljaz, controlling the pace against the rival who couldn't stay on the court until the end. The Greek held with an ace in the first game and grabbed a break at 15 in game two when Bedene netted a backhand for an early lead.

Tsitsipas landed another ace in game three to confirm the advantage, broke at love and held at 4-0 with a service winner to open a 5-0 gap in 13 minutes. Aljaz saved a set point in game six to get his name on the scoreboard and avoid a bagel, struggling with that ankle injury and allowing Tsitsipas to close the set in game seven after 27 minutes.

The Greek served well in set number two, securing breaks in games three and seven and sealing the set with a hold at love for a 6-1, 6-2 advantage. Bedene decided to call it a match after three points in the third set's fifth game, not willing to risk more serious injury.