Nadal thumps Sinner to enter 15th French Open quarterfinal

Nadal, who is yet to drop a set at the French Open since the 2019 final, was given an early scare in the first set before proceeding to close out the game 7-5, 6-3, 6-0.

Rafael Nadal cruised to his 15th French Open quarter-final as he beat Italian Jannik Sinner in straight sets on Monday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Claycourt king Rafael Nadal overcame a wobbly start to subdue Italian teenager Jannik Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 on Monday and book a place in the French Open quarter-finals.

The Spaniard, looking to claim a record-extending 14th Roland Garros singles title and become the only man with 21 Grand Slam singles crowns, has won 35 consecutive sets in Paris.

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World number 19 Sinner, who at 19 years old has been labelled as the next big thing in tennis, hit a brick wall on court Philippe Chatrier after leading 5-3 in the opening set.

Third seed Nadal will now face Argentine Diego Schwartzman for a place in the semi-finals.

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