French Open: Birthday boy Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic eye last-eight

He has also won 34 of his 36 matches on clay in 2013 -- he lost to Horacio Zeballos in his first tournament back at Vina del Mar in February before seeing his eight-year winning streak at Monte Carlo ended by Djokovic in April.

updated: June 03, 2013 13:05 IST
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Paris: Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal looks to celebrate his 27th birthday on Monday by reaching the French Open quarter-finals, while world number one Novak Djokovic faces up to a ghost of the past.

Nadal, bidding to be the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times, plays Kei Nishikori who is trying to become just the second Japanese man to reach the last eight after Jiro Satoh, who made the quarter-finals in 1931 and 1933.

Nadal, the third seed, has a 55-1 winning record at the French Open, but his passage to the fourth round has been far from convincing after dropping the opening sets of his first two rounds for the first time in his career.

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