World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic reached a 16th French Open quarter-final on Sunday where old rival and 13-time winner Rafael Nadal could be waiting. Djokovic, bidding to equal Nadal’s record of 21 Grand Slam titles, eased to a 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 last-16 victory against 15th seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. I have a lot of respect for him (Schwartzman). He’s a good person off the court, said Djokovic who has now beaten Schwartzman seven times in seven meetings.
Djokovic is still to drop a set at Roland Garros after cruising through the first week.
He has also won 22 sets in a row, stretching back to his Italian Open title triumph in Rome earlier this month.
I’ve made a good start but I have a lot of work to do, added Djokovic.
Sloane Stephens reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the third time on Sunday by thrashing Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann 6-2, 6-0 in the last 16.