- Dominic Thiem will meet Diego Schwartzman for the ninth time, bidding to reach his fifth straight semi-final at Roland Garros
- 12-time champion Rafa Nadal will play Jannik Sinner, the first to move to the quarter-finals here on his debut since the Mallorcan himself
PARIS, FRANCE – The first of the men’s quarter-finals grace the Day 10 schedule, which is already having to play catch-up after an afternoon of heavy rain.
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Dominic Thiem  v Diego Schwartzman  | Thiem leads 6-2
US Open champion Dominic Thiem aims to reach his fifth straight semi-final at Roland Garros as he plays Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman. The Argentinian bids to break through to his first Grand Slam semi-final. If he records his third victory over Thiem today, he will become the 10th Argentinian man to reach the last four at a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Thiem has a 13-13 win-loss record against Top 20 players at the Grand Slams and a 6-5 win-loss record against those kind of opponents at Roland Garros. Schwartzman, instead, is bidding to defeat a Top 5 player at a Grand Slam for the first time on his eighth attempt.
He’s been absolutely impeccable so far. With his rapid footwork and superb timing, he can force Thiem into another long-drawn battle thanks to his ability to move from defence to offence in the blink of an eye.
The Austrian, coming off an excruciating tussle against Frenchman Gaston, who played more than fifty drop-shots in in five sets, will have to prove again his stamina. And possibly to stand further up the court on return.
Prediction: Thiem in five sets.
Rafael Nadal  v Jannik Sinner | First Meeting
The Spaniard dropped just 23 games in his four matches here. He hasn’t lost a Tour-level clay court match to a player ranked as low as No. 75 Sinner since 2004.
He’s bidding to reach his 34th Grand Slam semi-final. By reaching his 32nd Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon last year, he claimed sole ownership of third place on the all-time list for most Grand Slam men’s singles semi-finals.
The Italian teenager, projected to climb into the top 50 for the first time after the tournament, aims to become the 7th man in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals on his Roland Garros debut and the first since 2005. That year, a few days after his 19th birthday, Nadal became the second man in the Open Era to win the title on his debut here since 1982.
Nadal has a 97-2 record here, and his two defeats here are the sole in his whole career in best-of-five matches on clay. Sinner, who played a training set with Nadal in Rome a few weeks ago, is not expected to be in awe of the 12-time champion. But he’s very unlikely to complete an upset.
Prediction: Nadal in straight sets.
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