Nadal overcomes Felix Auger-Aliassime to set up Novak Djokovic quarter-final

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  • Rafael Nadal beats Canadian 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
  • Novak Djokovic beats Diego Schwartzman in straight sets

Rafael Nadal has played 112 tennis matches at Roland Garros over the course of his career and he has somehow lost just three times on these courts. But an even more absurd measure of his total dominance lies in how few players have even managed to push him close to the edge, have made him truly doubt. Before Sunday afternoon, only two times over his 17 years had any opponent even extended him to five sets at the French Open.

Along came Felix Auger-Aliassime, who stepped on to Court Philippe Chatrier with quality, courage and belief in his capabilities, and he took advantage of a sub-par Nadal to force a fifth set and push him all the way. But even as Nadal struggled with his game, when he desperately needed to step up, he soared. Still in the fight for his 14th French Open title, Nadal edged out Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

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Written by Tumaini Carayol at Roland Garros
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