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Update French Open: Nadal sails through to quarter-finals, Zverev crashes out

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal sailed through to yet another French Open quarter-final, after easing past American qualifer Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in less than two hours of play.

The World No. 2 had to face little resistance from the 213th-ranked Korda and is now just three games away from a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard faced six break chances, defending five of them to mount the pressure on a qualifier who couldn't match that pace.

On the other hand Nadal converted eight breaks from 11 opportunities to sail through to his 14th Roland Garros quarter-final from 16 appearances.

Unlike in the previous matches, Nadal struggled with the first serve efficiency in the first set, facing two break points at the beginning of the encounter. The Spaniard fended them off with service winners, bringing the game home after four deuces to avoid an early setback.

Sebastian Korda, son of 1992 runner-up Petr Korda, was unable to cope with the strong breeze or Nadal's heavy spin as the first two sets went by in little more than an hour.

Even the 34-year-old Nadal can lose focus occasionally though and he dropped serve at the start of the second set to trail 2-0 before rattling through the next six games. Nadal has dropped only 23 games so far and is yet to face a seed.

He will next face the rising Italian Jannick Sinner, who beat U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev, in his 42nd Grand Slam quarterfinal, third on the all-time list.


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