We are into the real business end of the French Open but the men’s quarter-finals look in danger of being one-sided affairs.
The pick of the ties has to be the all-Swiss encounter, as former champions Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka go head-to-head on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
Federer has looked pretty serene so far in Paris, not dropping a set on the red dirt on what is his first trip to Roland Garros since a quarter-final departure in 2015 – to Tuesday’s opponent.
Wawrinka, in contrast, had to battle past Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets and it will be interesting to see what he has left in the tank.
The 34-year-old has had his fair share of injury problems in recent years, with his knees giving him particular trouble, and durability remains an issue.
Funnily enough, the last time he defeated his compatriot was knocking him out in the last eight four years ago on his way to overall victory.
Federer, the winner in 2009, was a straight-sets winner when the pair met earlier this year at Indian Wells and looks too good to look past at this stage.
Kei Nishikori has the unenviable task of taking on Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard being the 5/7 favourite to win a 12th Roland Garros title.
A bit of a blip against David Goffin saw him drop a set to the Belgian but he was back at it in the fourth round, beating Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-3 6-3.
Nishikori is a man who rarely makes life easy for himself, with his last two matches going to a decider.
While the Japanese is one of the fittest players on the ATP Tour, those victories over Laslo Djere and Benoit Paire are hardly the ideal preparation for a clash with the ‘King of Clay’.
Having not dropped a set in their last two meetings, Nadal can get the job done quickly here.
It could be a similar story when Novak Djokovic takes on Alexander Zverev, with the top seed another who is yet to drop a set this year in Paris.
The 2016 champion looked particularly sharp in defeating Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday, while Zverev also appeared strong as he overcame the ever-dangerous clay court-specialist Fabio Fognini in four sets.
However, having been taken to five sets by both John Millman and Dusan Lajovic, fatigue could again be a factor for a player who for all his talent, is playing in just his second Grand Slam quarter-final and is still to really prove he has the required mentality at the top level.
The 22-year-old did win the pair’s only previous meeting on clay, triumphing in the final of the 2017 Rome Masters but Djokovic is a different player now having rediscovered his spark and can blow his opponent away.
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