Paris (AP) – It will be an exciting day at the French Open. Before the kick-off of the 16th round in Paris on Sunday, there will be three duels between players of the aspiring generation against the top stars of the industry.
An overview of the three tennis games that are central on the eighth day of the tournament, in particular in the Stade Roland Garros.
ALEXANDER ZVEREV v JANNIK SINNER
The German top players find their way three weeks after the bitter last defeat at the US Open on clay. After the near-zero in the second round against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Zverev won in three sets against Italian Marco Cecchinato. Now it’s against the next Italian, but the task against Sinner should be much more difficult. The 19-year-old is one of the biggest hopes for young talent on the tour, having already won the small World Cup for next-generation players in 2019. Sinner is only number 75 in the world, but in the opinion of almost all experts, the road to the top has been mapped out.
RAFAEL NADAL v SEBASTIAN KORDA
A dream has come true for Sebastian Korda. Against his great idol Rafael Nadal, and then also at his favorite Grand Slam in Paris – it couldn’t be better. Korda’s admiration for the twelve-time French Open champion went so far in his youth that he named his cat after the Spaniard. “He’s the reason I play tennis,” said the son of former world-class player Petr Korda. Nadal was flattered by the compliments, but there will be no gifts for the 20-year-old noble fan. After all, Nadal has a big goal in mind: title number 13 in Paris, with which he would level with Roger Federer after great victories (20).
DOMINIC THIEM versus HUGO GASTON
In fact, many in Paris had been looking forward to Dominic Thiem’s duel against Stan Wawrinka. But then suddenly 20-year-old Hugo Gaston appeared and threw Wawrinka out of the tournament in five sets. If the world’s number 239 succeeded the next coup, he would be the lowest placed player in the Roland Garros quarter-finals since the world rankings were introduced in 1973. Gaston is the last Frenchman in the field thanks to a wild card. But the task against Thiem could hardly be more difficult. The US Open champion has managed the transition from hard to clay court effortlessly so far and is one of the top favorites for the title again.