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Canada's Leylah Fernandez advances to French Open quarter-finals, Auger-Aliassime loses thriller to NadalThere will be one Canadian in the Roland Garros singles quarter-finals this year, after Leylah Fernandez edged out American Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in their fourth-round match Sunday. Fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime came oh, so close to joining her in the men's final eight, only to fall just short.

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Fernandez next faces No. 59-ranked Martina Trevisan

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There will be one Canadian in the Roland Garros singles quarter-finals this year, after Leylah Fernandez edged out American Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in their fourth-round match Sunday in Paris, France.

Fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime came oh, so close to joining her in the men's final eight, only to fall just short.

In an epic against 13-time champion Rafael Nadal that was arguably the best match of the 2022 tournament so far and the finest match of the 21-year-old Auger-Aliassime's career — even in defeat — Nadal showed his champion's mettle at the very end of the four-hour, 20-minute epic to squeeze through 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

For Fernandez, the opportunities abound in a decimated women's singles draw that lost nine of its top 10 seeds in the first week.

Only world No. 1 Iga Swiatek remains. She's in the other half, and the two could only meet in the final.

"It was a very hard match, an incredible match for the both of us. I think we brought a high level," Fernandez said of the win over Anisimova.

WATCH | Fernandez makes it through to French Open quarters:

19-year-old Fernandez advances to quarters at French Open

1 day agoDuration 2:17Canadian Leylah Fernandez defeated American Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals in Paris for the first time in her career.

The American was a women's singles semifinalist at age 17, in 2019, the year 16-year-old Fernandez won the junior girls' title.

Since then, their careers have gone in somewhat opposite directions.

"I'm just glad that today I was able to fight through some difficult moments and just enjoy the game as much as possible," Fernandez added.
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For the Laval, Que., native based in Florida, the next challenge will be No. 59 ranked Martina Trevisan, who beat Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6(10) 7-5 in the fourth round on Sunday.

Trevisan, a 28-year-old from Italy, was an improbable quarter-finalist in the 2020 edition of Roland Garros held before few fans, at the peak of the pandemic and in chilly October Paris weather.

"We don't have many lefthanders on tour, so I think it will be a tricky match, like every single match is going to be tricky," Fernandez said. "We are just going to have to find solutions, just find a way to play against a left-hander."

Fernandez is the first Canadian woman to make the Roland Garros quarter-finals since Eugenie Bouchard in 2014.

Auger-Aliassime pushes Nadal to 5th set

Auger-Aliassime was looking to be the first men's quarter-finalist in Paris since Milos Raonic, also in 2014.

He threw the kitchen sink at Nadal tactically in that endeavour.

The Canadian served well — very well, for most of the match. He was aggressive with his forehand, used the drop shot and came into the net a lot.

On a number of occasions, his brilliance even was rewarded by a racquet clap of appreciation by Nadal.

WATCH | Nadal pushes past Auger-Aliassime in thriller:

Nadal battles past Auger-Aliassime at French Open

22 hours agoDuration 2:52Rafael Nadal had to fight for a five-set victory over Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime and will now face Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

And that level of play forced Nadal to raise his own. And there's no doubt the 35-year-old will struggle to rev his aging, legendary machine back up when he faces world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

"He was serving well in the fifth set, playing well behind the serve, being very aggressive. And I think he took it even higher, one step further, from 4-3," Auger-Aliassime said. "Honestly, I didn't play a bad game. I did what I had to do. He was dictating, aggressive when he needed to and also defending really well on two points where I came to the net.

"Just a great game from him and then, again, he showed great composure at the end to serve for the match. I was still there trying to win, but he played really well."

Auger-Aliassime kept his head up all the way — always believing, at least from the start of the fourth set after Nadal played a nearly untouchable level in the second and third sets, that he had a chance.

"He's a great player, without a doubt — one of the best players of the world. Very young with a lot of power, great mobility. I think he did a lot of things well. He has been improving every year," Nadal said. "He has a huge serve, puts a lot of pressure, and I was not able to push him back. So I'm very happy about [my] attitude at the end; I was able to play more aggressive, was able to go more often [to] the net."

Rafael Nadal, left, shakes hands with Felix Auger-Aliassime following their match on Sunday.More tennis coverage

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