As Novak Djokovic went out onto the court for his fourth-round French Open match against Diego Schwartzman, he was met with a combination of boos, cheers, and jeers. Djokovic was aiming to keep his perfect record against the Argentine, but as he went out of the tunnel onto the court, he discovered that not everyone on Suzanne Lenglen was on the same page. Following an initial round of applause, a chorus of boos erupted as the Argentinian fans on the court made their presence known.
Former tennis player and two-time French Open finalist Alex Corretja said that he was against that kind of a reception for someone like Djokovic. “I don’t like that,” he said. “It’s Novak Djokovic. He has given us so much. Just support both and just enjoy the match. I hate it when they don’t respect the players or boo them. I think it’s pretty much this court. In every match that is played here people are more involved and get in a way a little bit more crazy. I like the ambiance, I like the atmosphere, I hate when they don’t respect the players,” the Spaniard added.
Rafael Nadal won a thrilling Roland Garros match on Sunday, surviving a significant scare from Felix Auger-Aliassime to set up a confrontation with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard weathered an onslaught from the Canadian to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and improve to 109-3 in the clay-court major in front of a raucous crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier. For the 11th time in his career, Nadal lost the first set in a match at Roland Garros. The 13-time champion, however, maintained his cool and displayed his winning mindset to progress after four hours and 23 minutes on a court where he has enjoyed so much success.
At Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic continues to win in straight sets. On Sunday afternoon, the top seed defeated Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round of the clay-court Grand Slam in Paris. In a 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 triumph, the World No. 1 saved seven break points while converting six of his own to set up a quarter-final meeting with 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the French capital. Djokovic is currently 16-0 in fourth-round matches at the clay-court Grand Slam, and he is on his way to a 13th consecutive quarter-final appearance in Paris.