Tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are destined to meet in a blockbuster French Open quarter final, while talented teenager Carlos Alcaraz continued his charge at Roland-Garros.
Amanda Anisimova becomes Iga Swiatek’s no.1 challenger in an excellent day for North America’s stars.
The Sporting News wraps up the best of the action from Day 6.
Nadal v Djokovic quarter-final blockbuster draws closer, Alcaraz cruises
An epic battle between tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals is one step closer to reality after both cruised through their third round matches.
World no.1 Djokovic cruised to 6-3 6-3 6-2 win against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene, while fifth seed Nadal made light work of 26th-seed Botic van der Zandschulp 6-3 6-2 6-4.
Ever since the draw was released, tennis fans have been salivating over the possible Nadal-Djokovic last eight match-up, with the top half of the draw also stacked with Carlos Alcaraz, Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Now a contest between Nadal and Djokovic is only one step away with the Spaniard facing a tough fourth round against a hot Auger-Aliassime, while the Serbian takes on experienced claycourter Diego Schwartzman.
While a clash of the veterans is expected in the last eight, two of the most talented youngsters in the field – Alcaraz and Zverev are likely to meet in the other top half quarter final.
Alcaraz comfortably dispatched Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-4 6-2 to set up a fourth round match with Karen Khachanov, while Zverev needed two tiebreaks to eliminate Brandon Nakashima in straight sets 7-6(2) 6-3 7-6(5) to book a meeting with Bernabe Zapata Mirallas.
Anisimova leads the North American charge in Paris
Amanda Anisimova is now the second favourite to win the women’s singles title – behind world no.1 Iga Swiatek – after she outlasted Karolina Muchova, who retired in the third set 6-7(7) 6-2 3-0 in the third round.
Anisimova lost the first set in a tiebreak but immediately bounced back in the second to sweep aside the physically-struggling Czech player.
Muchova, who enjoyed a brilliant win against Maria Sakkari the previous round, eventually waved the white flag in the third set with the match on its way to the 27th seed.
Anisimova will now face a fourth-round tussle against Canada’s U.S Open finalist Leylah Fernandez, who defeated 15th seed Belinda Bencic three-tight sets in 7-5 3-6 7-5.
American stars Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens also progressed via straight-set wins against Kaia Kanepi and Diane Parry respectively, leaving six players from North America remaining in the women’s chase, including Anisimova, Fernandez, Shelby Rogers and Madison Keys.
What’s to look forward to on day seven at Roland-Garros?
World no.1 Swiatek will continue her seemingly unstoppable march to the women’s title with a third-round match against Danka Kovinic on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Second seed Daniil Medvedev takes on tricky Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, as the Russian continues to build form and fitness.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (fourth seed) meets Sweden talent Mikael Ymer, while world no.3 Paulo Badosa faces off against 29th seed Veronika Kudermetova.