It was an exciting day of tennis in Paris at the 2021 French Open as top-seed Novak Djokovic was nearly upset by Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti.
But Djokovic overcame the young Italian and advanced with a 6-7(7), 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 (ret.) victory.
“After I lost the second set and went out to change and came back on the court, I just felt different,” said Djokovic. “I was a different player. I had a better feeling in my shots. I just had more confidence going through the ball. I decreased the amount of errors and I started playing the way I was supposed to play at the beginning.”
Djokovic will now face off against another Italian, ninth-seed Matteo Berrettini.
13-time champion Rafael Nadal got out of the gate slow in his match Monday as well, but the Spaniard quickly recovered and blew past Jannik Sinner of Italy 7-5, 6-3, 6-0.
Nadal will play Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman for a spot in the semifinals. The 10th seeded Argentine won 7-6(9), 6-4, 7-5 over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany .
On the women’s side, American Coco Gauff advanced to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career, steamrolling Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-1.
“It means a lot to me,” said Gauff. “I have lost in the fourth round a couple times so it feels good to get over that hurdle. Today I played probably my best match so far in the tournament.”
Gauff will take on Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic next. Krejcikova took out Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-0 on Monday.
Last year’s finalist Sofia Kenin bowed out on Monday, falling to Greece’s Maria Sakkari. The 17th seed is into the first major quarterfinal of her career.
With losses by Kenin and Stephens, Gauff is the last remaining American in either draw.