French Open: Rafael Nadal wins to arrange Novak Djokovic quarter-final

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Dates: 22 May-5 June Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
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Rafael Nadal set up a French Open quarter-final against long-time rival Novak Djokovic after winning an absorbing five-set battle with Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in Paris.

Spain’s Nadal, 35, dropped sets for the first time at this year’s event but recovered to win 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3.

Top seed Djokovic moved up a gear to beat 15th seed Diego Schwartzman.

The 35-year-old Serb produced his best level so far in the tournament to win 6-1 6-3 6-3 in his fourth-round match.

Fifth seed Nadal fixed up a 59th career meeting with Djokovic – a men’s record – by beating ninth seed Auger-Aliassime later on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev booked his place in the quarter-finals despite a patchy display against Spanish qualifier Bernabe Zapata Miralles as the third seed triumphed 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 6-3.

The 25-year-old…