Rafael Nadal looks to maintain his perfect record in the early rounds at Roland Garros when he plays Botic Van…
Rafael Nadal looks to maintain his perfect record in the early rounds at Roland Garros when he plays Botic Van De Zandschlup on Friday.
The ‘King of Clay’ has made a typically straightforward start in his quest for a 14th French Open title.
Nadal is yet to drop a set in the French capital this year following commanding victories over Jordan Thompson and Corentin Moutet.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion has now won all 52 of his matches between round one and round three at Roland Garros.
Van De Zandschlup – the 26th seed – is the latest player who will attempt to deny the Spaniard in his maiden third-round appearance here.
Elsewhere, reigning champion Novak Djokovic is targeting his 10th straight victory at Roland Garros when he locks horns with world number 195 Aljaz Bedene, who has never progressed beyond round three of this Slam.
Alexander Zverev is looking to reach the fourth round for the fifth year running against debutant Brandon Nakashima, while a potentially exciting clash sees 15th seed Diego Schwartzman face 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
Sixth seed Carlos Alcaraz faces a potential banana skin in Sebastian Korda, who is the only player to beat the Spaniard on clay in 2022 – doing so in Monte Carlo last month – as Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cam Norrie take on Filip Krajinovic and Karen Khachanov respectively.
Over in the ladies’ draw, Belinda Bencic and Leylah Fernandez are both targeting a maiden fourth-round appearance at Roland Garros as they go head to head in a battle of the players yet to drop a set this year.
Teenager Coco Gauff was just four years old when opponent Kaia Kanepi reached the first of her two French Open quarter-finals back in 2008. They square off in a showdown that pits youth against experience.
Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber take on two players appearing in round three here for the first time in Jil Teichmann and Aliaksandra Sasnovich respectively.
Play gets underway at 10am BST on Friday with all ladies’ matches contested over the best of three sets, and all showdowns in the men’s draw played over five sets at Roland Garros.
French Open 2022 Day Six Schedule
Friday May 27
Belinda BENCIC (SUI)  v Leylah FERNANDEZ (CAN) 
Novak DJOKOVIC (SER)  v Aljaz BEDENE (SLOV)
Sloane STEPHENS (USA) v Diane PARRY (FRA)
Sebastian KORDA (USA)  v Carlos ALCARAZ (ESP) 
Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA)  v Karolina MUCHOVA (CZE)
Coco GAUFF (USA)  v Kaia KANEPI (EST)
Botic VAN DE ZANDSCHLUP (NED)  v Rafael NADAL (ESP) 
Alexander ZVEREV (GER)  v Brandon NAKASHIMA (USA)
Grigor DIMITROV (BUL)  v Diego SCHWARTZMAN (ARG) 
Angelique KERBER (GER)  v Aliaksandra SASNOVICH
Victoria AZARENKA  v Jil TEICHMANN (SUI) 
Cam NORRIE (GBR)  v Karen KHACHANOV 
Varvara GRACHEVA v Elise MERTENS (BEL) 
John ISNER (USA)  v Bernabe ZAPATA MIRALLES (ESP)
Martina TREVISAN (ITA) v Daria SAVILLE (AUS)
Felix AUGER-ALIASSIME (CAN)  v Filip KRAJINOVIC (SRB)