Italian jobs weave in the 16s for Djokovic and Nadal at the French Open

Italian jobs weave in the 16s for Djokovic and Nadal at the French Open

Top core Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal both entered the 16s on Saturday and respective shows with the rising Italian teenagers Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner.

Djokovic saw off Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in 92 minutes in midfield. Nadal was just as effective at Court Suzanne Lenglen. He sent Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes.

“I played someone who has a great season,” said Nadal of Norrie. “I went to court knowing it could be a tough match. I’m happy to win in straight sets.”

Nadal takes on Sinner in the round of 16 after beating Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-1, 7-5, 6-3. Nadal and Sinner met in the quarterfinals at last year’s French Open. “I have to be solid. I also have to be aggressive, because otherwise it will be very difficult,” Nadal said of Monday’s match.

“I have to get him to play from tough positions and I can not make many mistakes.


“In the fourth round you can not expect an easy opponent out there, but Jannik is not the best fourth-round match … he is dangerous. He is young. He is a good player.”

Djokovic will play the unseen Musetti after the 19-year-old edged out his compatriots Marco Cecchinato in five sets.

“We have never met each other but we trained on clay in Monte-Carlo several times this season and other tournaments,” said Djokovic.

“I really like how he plays. He has a lot of firepower from both the front and back. He can play with a lot of spin. He has a great feeling and can get to the net.”

The 34-year-old Serb added: “I know he will be a big challenge. So there is no doubt that I will have to go out and play at a high level because he will not have much to lose.”

Somewhere in the top half of the men’s draw, Diego Schwartzman saw from 10th veteran Philip Kohlschreiber. The Argentine won 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 in just over two hours. The 37-year-old German had tried to reach the age of 16 for the third time in 17 visits.

Schwartzman, who lost to Nadal in last year’s semi-final, will face another German, Jan-Lennard Struff, after coming through in straight sets against Spaniard Carlos Alcarez.

Originally published on RFI

Italian jobs weave in the 16s for Djokovic and Nadal at the French Open


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