Nadal had never measured himself in Paris with five 'strangers'

For the first time in 16 appearances, Nadal will have crossed paths with five players he had never faced before: Gerasimov, McDonald, Travaglia, Korda and this Tuesday, Sinner.


Rafa Nadal has had a fairly placid road this year so far at Roland Garros. He is in the quarterfinals without having lost a single set (12-0 and 72-23 in games) and has spent just seven and a quarter hours on the court. This Tuesday he faces the young Italian of 19 years and 75th in the world Jannik Sinner, a debutant in the tournament that the Balearic has never faced. That, precisely, has been the common denominator that the rivals have five rivals who have touched the number two in the ranking so far, Egor Gerasimov, Mackenzie McDonald, Stefano Travaglia, Sebastian Korda and, now, Sinner: they had never met him before.

This circumstance occurs for the first time in Nadal's long career in the French Grand Slam, where he has already accumulated 16 participations. Nothing like this had ever happened to him before. Always, in the first five rounds he had run into a tennis player against whom he had played at least one game previously.

What is certain is that if Manacor advances, he will finally see an old acquaintance, since his possible opponent will come out of the duel that Diego Schwartzman will also play this Tuesday, who recently, in Rome, beat him, and Dominic Thiem who eliminated him last January in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

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