In a Philippe-Chatrier with an open roof and bathed in the sun, although with a lot of wind, the twelve-time champion in Paris once again exhibited his best tennis and confirmed his effectiveness after winning the first set in the French tournament: he took the match 88 times he started out winning.
Even so, the son of the mythical Petr Korda, a finalist at Roland Garros in 1992, sought surprise in an opening game in which he forced Manacor to defend himself from two ‘breaks’ against. Solved the stake, Nadal put the direct to link five games won. Only 5-1, the only point won by Korda with his serve, interrupted the march of a Nadal who closed the set in 37 minutes, benefiting from the 20 unforced errors of the American.
He also quickly got the second set on track, which began with a break that would dictate the dynamics of the set. Without concessions or facing ‘break’ balls against, the Spaniard closed the rest and in his third opportunity a set that was heading him towards victory.
Korda had not yet said his last word and forced Nadal not to relax by breaking his serve in the first game, something that in this edition of the tournament he had only achieved so far, and also on a single occasion, the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov. With 2-0 against, the manacorí reacted to take the six subsequent games and end the contest in one hour and 55 minutes.
Now, the Spanish will face the young Italian Jannik Sinner, number 75 in the ranking and who gave the surprise by defeating the German Alexander Zverev in four sets (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3). The French Hugo Gaston also touched the ‘machado’, who had against the ropes the Austrian Dominic Thiem, a finalist the last two years and who suffered the unspeakable to achieve his pass to the quarterfinals in five sleeves (6-4, 6-4, 5 -7, 3-6, 6-3) and continue on Nadal’s path to the final.
On the other hand, who could not avoid elimination earlier than planned was the Romanian Simona Halep, first seeded and indicated as the great favorite, but who was overwhelmed by the 19-year-old Polish Iga Swiatek, who only allowed three games to the 2018 champion (6-1, 6-2).