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Nadal and Federer go to quarters with authority, Tsitsipas and Muguruza fall

Nadal and Federer go to quarters with authority, Tsitsipas and Muguruza fall

Against Argentine rivals and with exactly the same result (6-2, 6-3, 6-3): Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer qualified with good feelings for the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, where Stefanos Tsitsipas and Garbiñe Muguruza will not be, eliminated in eighths.

Without great physical exhaustion and getting muscle, Nadal and Federer defeated Juan Ignacio Londero and Leonardo Mayer, respectively, and are now one victory away from an eventual duel between the two in the semifinals.

“I’m very happy. Juan has played very well all year, I congratulate him on that. For me it is incredible to go back to the quarterfinals in the most important tournament of my career, “said Nadal, current world number 2, in his message in French to the public, highlighting the great Londero tournament, one of the surprises of this edition.

It is the thirteenth time that the Spanish star, current world number 2 and in search of a twelfth title in Paris, has managed to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. In Grand Slam tournaments it is already the 38th time that he will play the penultimate round.

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The doubts generated by the set lost on Friday in the third round against Belgian David Goffin were erased by the high level shown by the Mallorcan on this occasion.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will play either the Japanese Kei Nishikori (7th) or the French Benoît Paire (38th).

– Without losing a set –
Shortly before, on the same Central court where Nadal won his victory, Federer also exhibited his strength, also with a 6-2, 6-3 and 6-3, in his case against Leo Mayer, 68th in the world and who played for the first time the round of 16 in Paris.

In the year of his return to the clay of Paris after four years of absence, Federer has chained four victories in three sets, without losing any sleeve and transmitting good feelings.

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For the moment, he has already managed, at 37 years and 10 months, to reach the Roland Garros quarterfinals for the twelfth time in his career and become the third oldest player to reach a quarterfinal in the tournament since the beginning of the ‘Open era. ‘, after the American of Mexican origin Pancho Gonzales (40 years in 1968) and the Hungarian Istvan Gulyas (39 years in 1971).

“I’m super happy, I had prepared myself for the worst case scenario, losing in the first round in three sets, so I’m happy. It’s fabulous spending so much time in Paris and enjoying my game, ”smiled Federer.

The champion of 20 Grand Slam tournaments, one of them at Roland Garros (2009), will face his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka (28th) in the quarterfinals, who surprised Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th) in an exciting duel of five sets , by 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6 and 8-6, after 5 hours and 9 minutes.

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– Goodbye to the 2016 champion –

In the women’s team, the day after the earthquake that led to the elimination in the third round of Serena Williams and world number one Naomi Osaka, the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza (19th in the world and champion of Roland Garros in 2016) said goodbye by falling 6-4 and 6-3 against the American Sloane Stephens (7th).

The Florida player’s next rival will be Britain’s Johanna Konta, 26th in the world and recent finalist in Rome, defeating Croatian Donna Vekic (24th) 6-2 and 6-4.

For their part, the Croatian Petra Martic (31st) and the young Czech Marketa Vondrousova (38th), one of the great promises of women’s tennis at 19, met this Sunday in the Roland Garros quarter-finals.

Martic defeated Estonian Kaia Kanepi (88th) in their round of 16, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, while Vondrousova (19 years old) beat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova (12th) 6-2 and 6-0. AFP

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