Seven-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal, of Spain, the No. 3 seed, faced off against the highest ranked player ever from Japan, Kei Nishikori, the No. 13 seed, and prevailed 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Nadal is seeking a record eighth French Open title.
Tommy Haas, at 35, is the oldest man to reach the QFs of the French Open since 1971. He survived a 5-setter against John Isner to get to Mikhail Youzhny today, whom he beat in straight sets. He’ll face Novak Djokovic in the next round. The last time they played was in March at the Miami Masters, when the German upset Djokovic 6-2, 6-4. Haas, coming back from injury several times, has twice been named Comeback Player of the Year, including last year.
Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, rebounded after losing the first set, beating the German Philipp Kohlschreiber, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
In the last men’s match of the day, the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka (No. 9) came back from two sets down to defeat Richard Gasquet, of France, the No. 7 seed, 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-6.