A first-time encounter between world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic is scheduled to take place in the fourth round at Roland Garros on Monday afternoon.
Eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round in Paris with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over Leonardo Mayer. The Spaniard played a near-flawless match of tennis, as he hit a mere 10 unforced errors and 29 winners. He won 7/10 break points and saved 6 of the 8 BP he faced during the 2 hours and 17 minute contest.
“It was a positive [first week],” said Nadal. “I have three matches that I think I played under control. That’s always positive and good. Always [being in] the second week is great news, and winning in straight sets is a little bit better. I’m happy for that.”
- Nadal is bidding to win a ninth French Open title, and an unprecedented fifth consecutive one.
- Nadal is 62-1 at Roland Garros.
Next for Rafa is a unexpected match-up against Serbian youngster Dusan Lajovic, who has played a fantastic tournament in Paris and is yet to drop a set this week at the event. The world No. 83 defeated Jack Sock in a battle between two of the up and comers from the next generation of tennis professionals. He won the contest 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 14 minutes. His performances this week could not have been predicted when one considers the fact that he had only won 5 ATP World Tour matches heading into Roland Garros.
“It’s my first Roland Garros main draw appearance and first time in the fourth round, so I can’t be more happy than this,” said Lajovic. “Maybe to play Rafa on Chatrier is one of the biggest dreams and biggest challenges. So for sure it’s not going to be easy. You need to have a lot of tips and confidence to beat [Nadal], but I hope to enjoy the match if he wins and to give my best.”
“He’s young,” Nadal said of his upcoming opponent. “He’s a good player. I saw him play a few times on TV. It’s great to have new players on tour, young players on the tour that are coming strong. Hopefully not too strong! We’ll see on Monday. I hope to be ready for that.”
Prediction: Rafael Nadal in Straight Sets