Rafael Nadal showed Sebastian Korda his claws to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open, but Jannik Sinner struck a blow for the next generation by beating Alexander Zverev.Sinner, 19, has been curiously under the radar this week despite being the hottest teenage prospect in men’s tennis and reaching the round of 16 of a Slam for the first time.
With his win at last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals, he showed that his explosive play and fearlessness make him a tremendously exciting talent, and it didn’t take long for him to prove that on a Grand Slam level. The future is bright. @janniksin is the first man since Nadal, his next opponent, in 2005 to reach the Final 8 on debut. He beats Zverev 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3.#RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/FWqif1NIt8- Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) October 4, 2020It’s Roland Garros’ Italian debut, and after beating US Open finalist Zverev 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3, he’ll get a chance to test himself against Nadal. The German did not seem to feel well and sought the advice of a doctor early on, and he never recovered from a bad beginning. Since Nadal won his first title in 2005, the Italian is the first debutant to make it this far at Roland Garros, and the youngest man to reach the quarterfinals at a slam tournament since Novak Djokovic 14 years ago. Alexander Zverev had a very uncomfortable afternoon against Jannik Sinner (Christophe Ena/AP) Korda, 20, idolizes Nadal so much that he named his cat after him, but the Spaniard was in a ruthless mood, giving the young man just four games in a victory of 6-1, 6-1, 6-2. Nadal grew up watching Korda’s dad, Petr, a former Australian Open champion, who said his son would have the experience of playing in Na That’s how it looked, as Korda’s only real chance came early in the third set when he led 2-0 but Nadal reeled off six straight games. However, the result did not ruin Korda’s fun, as he was able to enjoy Nadal’s shots even as they sailed past him, and he took the opportunity to ask for an autograph from his hero. (Sebastian Korda/Instagram). In four matches, Nadal has lost just 23 games and fears that circumstances will make life tough for him a long time ago, the runner-up said: “I’m in the quarterfinals without having lost a set and I have very positive results. So I can’t complain at all. “I’m very pleased with the way I play and the workouts that I feel a little stronger and better every time. The circumstances were so difficult out there today to play a great match because the wind was really high. Yet I’m really content overall.