Standing in his way is 27-year-old Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas, who is seeking not only his first Roland-Garros quarter-final, but first at a major in just his third appearance.
It’s a day that also features the continued comeback story of Elina Svitolina, who at this time a year ago was still months away from welcoming her daughter, Skai, who was born in October.
Sabalenka-Stephens light up the night
There has been an aura on court around both Aryna Sabalenka and Sloane Stephens this Roland-Garros, the respective major champions playing confident, power-laden tennis through the first three rounds.
Three is also the tally for the No.2 seed Sabalenka, who has a 3-0 record against the American, though each of those matches have gone the distance. Stephens, who calls Roland-Garros her favourite tournament, will need to showcase her ability to turn defence into offence against Sabalenka, who is yet to drop a set this fortnight.
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“I think that it will be a great match,” said Stephens, 2018 runner-up here. “It's obviously another opportunity to go out there and try to make the quarters of a Grand Slam. Who doesn't want to do that?”
The women are set to take centre stage in Sunday’s featured night session.