French Open PIX: Sinner stuns Zverev; Halep, Bertens ousted

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IMAGES from Day 8 of the French Open, at Roland Garros, on Sunday.
Last updated on: October 04, 2020 21:30 IST



IMAGE: Italy's Jannik Sinner celebrates victory over Germany's Alexander Zverev at the French Open, in Paris, on Sunday. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Italian teenager Jannik Sinner became the first debutant to reach the French Open quarter-finals since Rafael Nadal in 2005 when he downed German sixth seed Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, who will also be the youngest male player since Novak Djokovic in 2006 to feature in the last eight at Roland Garros, will face 12-times champion Nadal for a place in the semi-finals.

The South Tyrolian, winner of last year's NextGen ATP Finals, dropped a set for the first time in the tournament but he never lost his composure.

Sinner ended it on a windswept Court Suzanne Lenglen with a booming forehand that Zverev could only return into the net.

Frenchman Hugo Gaston, who plays later on Sunday, and German Daniel Altmaier, on court on Monday, are other debutants looking to reach the last eight in Paris.

Nadal crushes qualifier Korda

IMAGE: Rafael Nadal cruised past Sebastian Korda to stay on course for a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal blew away American qualifier Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 to romp into the quarter-finals and close in on a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros.

With the sun out and the wind up on Court Philippe Chatrier it always looked like mission impossible for the 213th-ranked Korda, and so it proved in a one-sided fourth round match.

Nadal has lost no sets and only 23 games in reaching his 42nd Grand Slam quarter-final and is yet to face a seed.

Rising Italian Jannick Sinner, the first player since Nadal in 2005 to reach the quarter-finals on his debut, is next.

IMAGE: The 20-year-old Sebastian Korda is the son of 1992 runner-up Petr. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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