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French Open 2017: Djokovic, Nadal on course for Roland Garros semi-final collision


Paris: World number two Novak Djokovic and fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal could set-up a blockbuster French Open semi-final clash if they get through their respective last-eight matches on Tuesday.

Nadal booked his place in the quarter-finals of the second major of the season after registering a comfortable 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. The 31-year-old, who is bidding for his 10th Roland Garros title, will today lock horns with fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in last four. He is now in a record-equalling 11th quarter-final at Roland Garros and 31st at all the majors.

Defending champions Djokovic, on the other hand, made it to the last-eight after sweeping aside Spain’s Albert Ramos Viñolas 7-6 (7-9), 6-1, 6-3. The World No. 2 will take on sixth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria in his quarter-final match. The Serbian is hoping that his fledgling partnership with new coach Andre Agassi can inspire him back to his menacing back.