2 Jun 2015

Djokovic to face Nadal in quarter-finals

6:16 am on 2 June 2015

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal will clash in a French Open quarter-final blockbuster in one of the sport's most-eagerly awaited clashes of recent times.

The nine times French Open champion Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his match at Roland Garros.

The nine times French Open champion Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his match at Roland Garros. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

World number one and top seed Djokovic eased into the last eight with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 win over France's Richard Gasquet.

Defending champion Nadal, seeking a 10th Roland Garros crown, beat unseeded American Jack Sock in four sets.

It was Nadal's 70th career win at the French Open against just one defeat and his 39th in a row at the tournament he has dominated for a decade.

Djokovic, who needs a French Open title to complete the career grand slam, says it's the biggest challenge I can have on clay.

On facing Djokovic, sixth-seed Nadal says he'll have to play his best tennis.

Nadal has beaten Djokovic in the 2012 and 2014 finals in Paris as well as the 2013 semi-finals and holds a career 23-20 edge in head-to-head meetings.

Earlier, Roger Federer and Andy Murray swept into the quarter-finals with four-set wins.

Second seed Federer, the 2009 champion, made the last eight for the 11th time with a 4 set win over France's Gael Monfils and goes on to face Davis Cup-winning teammate Stan Wawrinka.

British third seed Murray ended the hopes of another home player, seeing off unseeded Jeremy Chardy in 4.

He will next take on seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer.

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