Rafael Nadal faces ‘toughest’ quarter

THE trivia question that has the answer 'Robin Soderling', could soon become redundant.

The Swede is, of course, the only player to have beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open, knocking the Spaniard out in the fourth round in 2009 before losing the final to Roger Federer.

That could change tonight, with Nadal (pictured) to play world No.1 Novak Djokovic in what he called the "toughest quarter-final of my career".

"Novak is probably the favourite, but I am here to fight," Nadal said after beating American Jack Sock 6-3 6-1 5-7 6-2 to take his record at Roland Garros to 70-1.

Djokovic is indeed a short-priced favourite to win the match, although he has yet to beat Nadal in six meetings on the red clay in Paris.

The Serb breezed past Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-1 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round, earning a place in the last eight for the ninth time.

The French Open is the sole grand slam event missing from Djokovic's CV.

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