Rafael Nadal acquired by way of a severe check within the French Open’s fourth spherical by edging Felix Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a report 59th matchup against rival Novak Djokovic.
Sunday’s thriller in Court Philippe Chatrier was solely the third five-setter Nadal ever has performed at Roland Garros, the place he has gained 13 of his report 21 Grand Slam titles.
Nadal is 3-0 in these contests that go the space, a part of his total 109-3 mark on the clay-court match.
Two of these three career defeats in Paris got here against Djokovic, proprietor of 20 main titles and two on the French Open. Last year, Djokovic beat Nadal within the semifinals en path to the trophy.
Djokovic leads their total sequence 30-28. No different two males have performed one another as many occasions within the skilled period of tennis.