Rafael Nadal Defeats Marterer And Will Face Schwartzman In The Quarterfinals

◼️ Rafa defeated Maximilian Marterer and is close to the 41 consecutive sets record by Borg.

The Spanish Rafael Nadal, number 1 in the world, qualified this Monday to Quarterfinals of Roland Garros to defeat the young German Maximilian Marterer (70), which had never before faced, 6-3, 6-2 and 7 -6 (7-4).

The Majorcan tennis player was two games down in the first set (0-2) and the third (1-3), and had to resolve the third to the tie-break, but knew how to re-raise to now officially 37 to his streak of straight sets won at Roland Garros, all since his defeat against Serbian Novak Djokovic in the Quarterfinals of the 2015 edition.

“The third set was very difficult because Maximilian is a very good young player and he had to take out the best of me,” Nadal said on the center court.

The ten times winner of Roland Garros, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday, is close to the record of Swedish Björn Borg, with 41 sets won consecutively between 1979 and 1981, which could be overcome in a hypothetical Semifinal.

Nadal will arrive more rested than his rival to the Quarterfinals, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who used almost four hours of game to get rid of the South African Kevin Anderson.

Marterer, for his part, failed to become the first debutant in the Parisian tournament to reach the quarterfinals … since Nadal did it in 2005.

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