Nine-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal and the defending French Open Champion Novak Djokovic could be heading towards a 2017 French Open semi-final meeting if they both get through their quarter-final contests on Wednesday after rain caused their matches, originally on Tuesday, to be re-scheduled for the next day.
Djokovic faces Dominic Thiem, who is the only man to beat Nadal on clay so far this season. The Austrian also faced Djokovic in the semi-final last year but only managed seven games as the Serbian looked poised to claim his maiden French Open title.
Nadal, meanwhile, will square up against fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in his last-eight clash. The World Number 21, Busta, is the lowest ranked player still left in the men’s draw at the 2017 French Open.
But both men will now have to wait until Wednesday to setup the collision between themselves, two of tennis’ all-time greats. They last faced each other at this year’s Madrid Masters, where Nadal defeated the World Number 2 in a comfortable 6-2 6-4 straight sets victory.
If this match takes place later this week, then it will be their 51st meeting in a singles contest. Out of the previous 50 head to head, Djokovic currently leads Nadal with 26 victories to 24 victories.
The last time these two rivals faced each other in a Grand Slam was also at a French Open. They faced each other at the 2015 French Open semi-final where Djokovic defeated Nadal in 7-5 6-3 6-2 in a straight sets victory.