Novak Djokovic says he 'likes his chances' against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal of the French Open, but he is certainly expecting a battle.
Djokovic is the only man to beat Nadal more than once at Roland Garros, with the most recent of those two wins coming last year en-route to him winning it.
They will meet again this year in the last eight after both came through the fourth round.
However, while Djokovic is yet to drop a set, Nadal had to come through an epic five-set marathon against Felix Auger-Aliassime to advance.
And, given he is expecting the usual tough physical battle against Nadal, he is hoping that extra freshness can give him an edge.
Speaking after his impressive 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win over Diego Schwartzman, Djokovic said: ""I like my chances.
"[It's] obviously a well-anticipated match [since] the draw came out.
"I'm glad that I haven't spent too much time on the court myself up until the quarter-finals.
"Knowing that playing [Nadal] in Roland Garros is always a physical battle along with everything else that happens.
"It's a huge challenge and probably the biggest one you can have here."
Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal will play either Carlos Alcaraz or Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals with the top half of the men's draw absolutely stacked with talent.
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