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French Open 2022: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Cruise To Fourth Round

Rafael Nadal defeated Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, while Novak Djokovic registered 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win in third round match of French Open 2022 on Friday.
Rafael Nadal celebrates his win in third round match of French Open 2022 on Friday. AP

No. 5 Rafael Nadal moved into the fourth round at Roland Garros by beating Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. (More Tennis News)

The 13-time champion said it was the best of his three wins this week, at least up until Van de Zandschulp crept back into the third set. Nadal in his on-court interview said he was disappointed to miss a break point that would have put him up 5-0.

Nadal’s 301st win at Grand Slams means he will face ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Canadian advanced by beating Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-5.

Novak Djokovic Beats Diego Schwartzman

Defending champion Novak Djokovic recorded another straight-set victory and will face Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the quarterfinals at the French Open.

The top-ranked Djokovic beat Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 at Court Philippe Chatrier in 1 hour, 44 minutes — the quickest of his three wins.

Schwartzman’s 0-6 record against Djokovic includes a five-setter in the third round at the 2017 French Open. The Argentine is seeded 15th.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t lost in the third round at Roland Garros since 2009.

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