What a scare for Rafael Nadal in the 4th round of the Roland Garros 2022! Evidently Uncle Toni's advice had its effect on Felix Auger-Aliassime. Despite two horrifying sets, the thirteen-time champion of the tournament seals the win at 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 and reaches Novak Djokovic.
It will be the fifty-nine challenge between the two, the tenth in Paris. After Djokovic, Nadal and Zverev, Carlos Alcaraz also completes the quarter-final picture in the top-half of the Roland Garros draw. As expected, Khachanov tickles the Spanish tennis player.
All incredibly easy for Coco Gauff, who condenses the few (very few) difficulties in her challenge with Elise Mertens in the initial part of the first set. Needless to say, she does not immediately take advantage of two breaks in the heart of the first set, but settles the decisive shovel at 5-4 and leaves the crumbs on the road in the second, losing only ten points overall.
The best and the worst from the Parisian Slam
Speaking of the next match with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, who still did not know of the Spaniard's victory against Auger-Aliassime, said: "The match against Rafa is highly anticipated, everyone was waiting for it since the beginning of the tournament and I'm happy to have played just before thus arrive at the challenge eventually with him.
Facing Rafa in Paris is a physical battle, the biggest challenge you can have here at Roland Garros. I am ready for all of this, I am ready and I have had great sensations, I will focus on myself and on what I have to do."
But there are those who have experienced this tournament badly. In an interview with Piers Morgan, Martina Navratilova harshly criticized Naomi Osaka: "I am pleased to note that she can easily afford to give up a potential two million pounds.
Most people cannot afford this luxury. I just can't. just to understand her mentality. I would like to have the chance to talk to her and tell her the story of Wimbledon, in which case it would not even have occurred to her to jump into the tournament with this story, even despite the decision to remove the points from the tournament."