Novak Djokovic ‘likes his chances’ in Roland Garros quarter-final with Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic feels confident about facing Rafael Nadal for a place in the semi-finals in Paris.
The two-time Roland Garros champion overcame a somewhat hostile crowd to down Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
That takes his win streak at the Slam up to 11.
He now awaits Nadal in the last eight in what will be a 59th meeting in their professional careers after the Spaniard got past Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Djokovic said of that prospect in his post-match press conference: “[It’s] obviously a well-anticipated match [since] the draw came out.
“I’m glad that I haven’t spent too much time on the court myself up until the quarter-finals.
“Knowing that playing [Nadal] in Roland Garros is always a physical battle along with everything else that happens.
“It’s a huge challenge and probably the biggest one you can have here.”
The world number one has spent just shy of eight and a half hours on court across his first four matches at Roland Garros.
On average, that is a little more than two hours per match played, with Djokovic yet to drop a set.
He then added that he feels good in both his energy and play.
Most of all, he will focus on what he needs to do moving forward.
Djokovic finished his thought: “I like my chances against both of them.”
Here he refers to both Auger-Aliassime and Nadal as Djokovic made the comment before their five-set thriller.
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