French Open 2021 Day Nine Preview | Nadal eyes Roland Garros Quarter-Finals

Jonathan Davies in French Open 07 Jun 2021
Iga Swiatek faces Marta Kostyuk on Monday (AAP Image/Michael Dodge)

Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek resume their French Open title defences as the Fourth Round draws to a close on Day Nine at Roland Garros.

By the conclusion of day nine, the Quarter-Final line-ups for both singles draws will be completed, while three more champions shall be crowned in Paris.

Nadal, a 13-time winner at Roland Garros, is yet to drop a set in this year’s event as he locks horns with 18th seed Jannik Sinner.

It is a repeat of last year’s quarter-final, which the Spaniard won, while he also triumphed when they faced off in Rome last month.

Italy’s Sinner became the youngest man to reach the French Open last eight since Novak Djokovic in 2006, but knows he faces an uphill battle in his quest to return to that stage of the tournament.

Like Nadal, world number one Djokovic has reeled off nine sets without reply at Roland Garros.

The Australian Open and Belgrade Masters already knows that his potential quarter-final opponent would be Matteo Berrettini, who received a bye following the withdrawal of Roger Federer on Sunday.

But first, he must navigate his way past another Italian in Lorenzo Musetti. Appearing in the main draw of this event for the first time, the world number 76 would love to claim the scalp of Djokovic.

Over in the Women’s singles, defending champion Swiatek is yet to drop a set on the way to reaching the French Open fourth round for a third time in as many appearances.

Although the same can be said of 18-year-old opponent Marta Kostyuk, who is enjoying her best-ever run in a Grand Slam event and will not be fazed having already eliminated 12th seed Garbine Muguruza in round one.

In that same section of the draw, 2020 runner-up Sofia Kenin’s quest to go one better this year sees her take on 17th seed Maria Sakkari, who is eyeing a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final having dropped just a single set in three games so far.

Elsewhere having already beaten Karolina Pliskova and Karolina Muchova, 2018 finalist Sloane Stephens looks to continue her good form against Barbora Krejcikova, who is appearing in round four for a second year running.

Coco Gauff and Ons Jabeur also do battle with a first-ever French Open quarter-final the prize on offer to both players.

Meanwhile, a day on from successfully defending his men’s wheelchair doubles title alongside Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett looks to repeat the feat in the singles final against top seed Shingo Kunieda.

Recently crowned wheelchair singles champion Diede de Groot looks to add to her tally alongside Aniek van Koot; they face Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley in the doubles final.

Also, Dylan Alcott and Sam Schroder – beaten finalists in the quad doubles event on Sunday – go head to head in the singles showpiece.


French Open 2021 Day Nine Schedule

Monday June 7

Last 16

Court Philippe Chatrier (11am BST start)
Ons Jabeur v Coco Gauff
Novak Djokovic v Lorenzo Musetti

Not before 3pm
Rafael Nadal v Jannik Sinner

Not before 8pm
Marta Kostyuk v Iga Swiatek

Court Suzanne Lenglen (10am BST start)
Sloane Stephens v Barbora Krejcikova
Diego Schwartzman v Jan-Lennard Struff
Sofia Kenin v Maria Sakkari

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