Today’s Trivia Question: Nadal is 13-0 against fellow Spaniards at Roland Garros and 39-1 in sets. Who’s the only Spaniard to take a set off of Nadal here and what year?
1. The quarterfinals kick off today. If Djokovic and Nadal win their quarterfinals today they’ll play each other in a blockbuster semifinal - the top half of the women’s draw play their quarterfinals too.
2. Djokovic will pass Connors on two big lists if he wins today. They’re tied for second place on two big lists - most Grand Slam semifinals in the Open Era (31) and all-time most Grand Slam match wins (233). If Djokovic beats Thiem today he’ll pass Connors on both lists and will only trail Federer in both stats (Federer has reached 41 Grand Slam semifinals and has 314 Grand Slam match wins).
Djokovic is 5-0 against Thiem and 11-1 in sets (and Thiem won his only set 12-10 in a tie-break).
3. Nadal’s dropped just 20 games to get here. It’s the second-fewest games he’s ever lost en route to a Grand Slam quarterfinal (just missing the 19 he lost en route to the quarters of the 2012 French Open). He plays first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Carreno Busta today - he’s 3-0 against him.
4. If Djokovic and Nadal both win, they’ll set up a 51st career meeting. No two players in ATP World Tour history have played each other more - and they would be writing one more chapter to their record rivalry in the semifinals. The pair with the next-most meetings is Djokovic and Federer (45).
5. This is the youngest group of women’s quarterfinalists at a major in six years. The oldest quarterfinalist here is 27. There’s been at least one woman age 28 or older at the last 22 majors in a row - the last time there wasn’t one was 2011 Wimbledon (Bartoli was the oldest one there at age 26).
6. Wozniacki’s the most qualified candidate left in the women’s field. She’s the only player who’s been No.1 (and she was there for 67 weeks) and she’s the only one who’s been to more than one major final (she’s been to two US Open finals). Is this Wozniacki’s best shot at that elusive first major?
She’ll have to overcome an 0-3 head-to-head record against Ostapenko today, though…
7. It’s been a while since a Frenchwoman reached the semifinals here. If she beats Bacsinszky, Mladenovic will be the first Frenchwoman to reach the French Open semifinals since 2011 (Bartoli) and the first Frenchwoman to reach the semifinals of any major since 2013 Wimbledon (also Bartoli).
8. It’s Bjorn Borg’s birthday! Six-time French Open champion Bjorn Borg turns 61 today.
9. It’s also the anniversary of Agassi completing the Career Grand Slam. On June 6, 1999, Agassi pulled off a miracle win against Medvedev in the French Open final, 1-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-4, to add this title to the ones he’d already won at Wimbledon (1992), the US Open (1994) and Australian Open (1995).
Other French Open anniversaries include Graf’s first major title (June 6, 1987), Chang’s first major title (June 6, 1989) and the 1992 women’s final where Seles beat Graf 10-8 in the third set (June 6, 1992).
10. The rest of the quarterfinals take the court tomorrow. Among the quarterfinal matches on Wedneday’s order of play is Murray against Nishikori - a match-up Nishikori won at the US Open…
Yesterday’s Trivia Answer: The last Grand Slam without one of the Williams sisters in the quarters was Wimbledon in 2014, and Kvitova won the title.
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