Rafael Nadal topples Juan Ignacio Londero for RG record — ATP Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal topples Juan Ignacio Londero for RG record — ATP Roland Garros

Next up for him is a clash with his friend and compatriot Federer, who stormed to a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over Leonardo Mayer.

Tsitsipas ended up coated in claydust after several diving volleys and the drama went right down to the last point when Wawrinka's sliced backhand pass just touched the sideline - leaving Tsitsipas crestfallen. Why he dealt with the rigors of rehabilitating that joint.

Wawrinka sealed a stunning 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 fourth-round victory with a magnificent victor from yards behind the baseline after five hours and nine minutes on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Roger Federer's return to French Open clay is going so smoothly he still has not dropped a set in reaching the quarterfinals of the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament.

"I know what I can do and how well I can play". "For sure, when I'm on the court, I try to enjoy and remember, also, everything I have done to be here".

The 2015 champion was twice a set up against the young Greek pretender, but Tsitsipas showed again what a superb competitor he is to fight back, and it was the 20-year-old who looked like he would move ahead in the deciding set.

"I'm getting old and older and older. and he's better than me, also, so never forgot that".

Frenchman Benoit Paire kept the home flame burning as he reached the last 16 for the first time when opponent Pablo Carreno Busta retired with an injury.

The emotions were very different for a devastated Tsitsipas, who said: "I feel exhausted". It's a long time since I cried after a match, so emotionally it wasn't easy to handle.

"Every time that I step onto the court against him I know it is going to be really hard".

They were playing their fourth-round match Sunday on neighboring Court Suzanne Lenglen. Tsitsipas' electric, net-rushing style earned support, too, although he chastised himself early on for playing "like a freaking zombie!"

The 24th-seeded Wawrinka saved 22 of 27 break points, including 8 of 8 in the fifth set, against No. 6 seed Tsitsipas.

"I was so close. I was able to put pressure on him and I'm very happy with my performance".

Hitting with depth and precision, Rafa overpowered the rival and kept the points on his racquet with 14 winners and eight unforced errors, scoring two breaks for an impressive start.

Federer, the 2009 champion in Paris, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

"I am really happy with everything I have done in this tournament".

Last year, the three-time Grand Slam champion, following injury struggles, lost in the first round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and dropped out of the world's top 250.

"I hope he's not at the level of '15, but we'll find out, because there he was crushing the ball".

Nadal, bidding for a 12th title, swept past Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

He will face the victor of the match between Kei Nishikori and Benoit Paire, which was stopped for bad light with the Japanese seventh seed leading 6-2, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2.

Federer is through to the French Open quarter-finals, where he takes on Stan Wawrinka tomorrow. No. 26 seed Johanna Konta, and No. 31 Petra Martic vs. 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova. But he hadn't been past the fourth round at a Slam since, in part because he missed time after knee surgery.

He then needed another procedure, and the path back has been arduous, including a first-round loss a year ago in Paris, shortly before his ranking slumped to 263rd.

It is two years and 143 matches since he has ventured on to another surface.

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