The 25-year-old was the final Brit standing at Roland Garros after recovering from an early deficit to beat South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in 4 units on Thursday, following up his first-round victory over American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo.
Nonetheless, the percentages had been closely stacked in opposition to Norrie in Saturday’s daunting conflict with ‘King of Clay’ Nadal, a document 13-time French Open champion who has nonetheless solely ever misplaced two matches on the pink mud in Paris.
He duly fell in straight units, with the Spaniard powering his technique to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 triumph in simply over two hours that tees up a fourth-round conflict with Italian teenager Jannik Sinner, whom he beat in final 12 months’s quarter-finals within the newest ever end at Roland Garros.
It was the third time already this 12 months that Nadal has crushed Norrie, who reached two latest clay-court ATP Finals in Lyon and Estoril, having additionally gained in straight units on the Australian Open and Barcelona Open.
Additionally on day seven in Paris, Novak Djokovic cruised by way of to spherical 4 with a straight-sets win over Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.
The world no1 and 18-time Grand Slam winner gained 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 on Court docket Philippe Chatrier and, like Nadal, may also face teenage opposition from Italy subsequent within the form of Lorenzo Musetti, who upset thirteenth seed David Goffin in spherical one.
Musetti is taking part in in the principle draw at a Grand Slam for the primary time.
In an absorbing late-night tussle on Saturday, Roger Federer joined ‘Massive Three’ rivals Djokovic and Nadal within the fourth spherical as he overcame a spirited effort from Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in 4 units.
Defending ladies’s champion Iga Swiatek eradicated Anett Kontaveit, although Elina Svitolina turned the most recent excessive seed (5) to fall as she misplaced to world no 33 Barbora Krejcikova.
Teenager Coco Gauff went by way of after an harm to Jennifer Brady, whereas Sofia Kenin defeated Jessica Pegula in one other all-American contest and Sloane Stephens overcame Karolina Muchova.
Additionally by way of at Roland Garros are Diego Schwartzman, Jan-Lennard Struff, Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabeur, Marta Kostyuk and Matteo Berrettini.