French Open: Djokovic sets up quarters clash with Nadal

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Flawless game play by Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has successfully outplayed Richard Gasquet in the Frenchman’s home ground to set up a quarter final clash with reigning champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open.

Gasquet was ousted easily in straight sets of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 in under 119 minutes. The world number one had to break seven break points to break his serve in the third game.

The Serb showed great sets of skills by displaying a faultless drop shot alongside a remarkable crosscourt backhand. Djokovic presented a wonderful defence and proved too powerful for the 20th seed.

Nadal closer to reaching 10th title

Rafael Nadal, however did not bag his win calmly against American Jack Sock as the match was taken to four sets.

The Spaniard was dominating the first two sets 6-3 and 6-1 before Sock broke the streak by having Nadal defeated 5-7 in the third set. Nadal recovered from the loss and triumphed in the final set 6-2.

Nadal is now the first man to win a record of 70 matches at the French Open.

Murray silences Chardy to enter quarters

Andy Murray too had a great day yesterday when he knocked off Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman bowed out as Murray won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2 ultimately to advance to the quarters.

Chardy had previously laid comments on Murray’s determination for the title when Scotsman withdrew from the recent Italian Open due to tiredness, claiming that it was unreasonable.

However, Murray put that comment on silence when he presented sublime racket work during their duel. He next faces Spain’s David Ferrer, whom outperformed Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

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