Defending champion Rafael Nadal and world No 1 Novak Djokovic have set up a mouthwatering quarter-final clash at the French Open.
Rafa Nadaldropped his first set against the spirited Jack Sock, but closed out a 6-3 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory.
With the win, Nadal paved the way for a meeting with Djokovic, who secured the thrilling Paris showdown after a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-3 win over Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Nadal had this to say after his hard fought victory over Sock
“He’s the world No 1 and is having a great season,” said Nadal. “It’ll be a complicated match.”
The Serb triumphed shortly afterwards as Gasquet was unable to offer much resistance in front of his deflated home crowd.
“It’s the biggest challenge I can have on clay,” Djokovic, who needs a French Open title to complete the career Grand Slam, said of playing Nadal.
“He’s lost just once here in his career.”
Djokovic and Nadal have played each other 43 times at ATP and Davis Cup level, with the Spaniard holding a slight head-to-head edge with 23 match victories to Djokovic’s 20.
Nadal holds a much bigger 14-5 advantage on matches played on clay, while he has a 6-0 record against Djokovic at Roland Garros.
Djokovic has, however, won five out of his last six meetings with Nadal, with two of those victories coming on clay.