Rafael Nadal set up a mouthwatering French Open quarter-final clash against Novak Djokovic after beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets on Sunday.
The Spaniard had had a relatively easy time of things before his match on Sunday and Auger-Aliassime proved to be his first real test of the 2022 French Open.
After losing the first set, he had to dig deep to avoid a shock loss and eventually managed to take the tie 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a very break heavy encounter.
"It has been an important victory for me, without a doubt," Nadal said. "I did not start the match well. It was a tough first set for me.
"After coming back, I finished the third playing well and then the fourth was tough.
"It was difficult, he has a huge serve. He puts you under pressure and I was not able to push him back.
"I had to do something different at the end of the match. I am happy about the attitude at the end as I played more aggressive and went more to the net and that made a difference."
While Nadal no doubt felt shattered after the match, the experience will stand in him good stead for his quarter-final against Djokovic.
"We know each other well and have a lot of history," he said.
"We are in Roland-Garros, it is my favourite place and I will be focused.
"I will try my best as always, I do not know what will happen, but I can guarantee and I will fight until the end."