First day of the round of 16 at Roland-Garros, this Saturday, but also the first day without the French in singles.
Still, there is still plenty to take care of with Nadal, Djokovic, Alcaraz and Zverev who will aim for a place in the quarterfinals.
The poster of the day
This is perhaps (we say maybe) the first match in which Novak Djokovic could experience some difficulties.
Imperial since the start of the tournament where he left only crumbs to his opponents, the world number 1 is opposed to Diego Schwartzman, seeded n ° 15. The Argentinian, a true clay court specialist, can remain without problem several hours on a court.
Enough to promise a good fight against the defending champion.
Besides Djokovic, this Sunday will be rich in favorites with beautiful posters on the program.
Nadal will challenge the Canadian Roger-Aliassime on the central.
Impressive in the night session on Friday against Korda, Carlos Alcaraz will play again in the evening this Sunday against the Russian Kachanov.
Alexander Zverev faces on the Lenglen the Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata, real sensation of the tournament.
Among the women, in a table deserted by the favorites, we note the interesting duels between Fernandez and Anisimova, followed by the match between the Belgian Elise Mertens and the American Coco Gauff.
The French of the day
They will be in the stands, in restaurants or refreshments at the stadium, but not on the courts.
For the first time since the start of the tournament, no French will step onto clay in singles this Sunday.
It's sad but we're getting used to it.
It will be sunny but not hot this Sunday at Roland-Garros.
17 degrees maximum in the afternoon, really not terrible for the end of May in Paris.
Sweaters or jackets are a must.
The prono dares of the day
He is the man who made Rafael Nadal.
Toni Nadal, uncle of the champion, led his nephew to the highest level.
But since 2017, he no longer trains the thirteen-time winner of Roland-Garros.
Toni now advises Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime who had never won a Porte d'Auteuil match before this year.
This Sunday, Nadal and Aliassime will be opponents in the eighth on the center for ToniNadalico.
A heartbreak for the uncle who has decided to desert the box dedicated to coaches for the moment.
Too hard emotionally but still enough for the Canadian to take a set from Rafa.
We're not talking about the match, don't mess around either.
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