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Tuesday 6 June 2017 11:27 AM BST
Three things we've learned at Roland Garros
Wimbledon.com looks at three of the key takeaways from this year's French Open. READ MORE

We’ve had nine days of tennis at Roland Garros in Paris and as we head into the last 16, Wimbledon.com analyses what we’ve learnt.

Rafa Nadal is “like a train at full speed”

After four matches, the nine-time champion has dropped a mere 20 games. That’s his best start to Roland Garros since 2012.

After winning Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, who can prevent him from winning a record tenth French Open title on Sunday?

It may already be too late, according to Patrick Mouratoglou, the long-time coach of Serena Williams.

“It’s impossible not to think Nadal is not the favorite,” he said in an interview at Roland Garros. “The level of confidence he has at the moment is so tremendous, it’s insane.”

“Novak [Djokovic] and Andy [Murray] should never have let him. They should have woken up earlier and stopped him, because now, it’s like stopping a train at full speed,” the Frenchman said.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are back on track

There were question marks hanging over the form of both world No.1 Murray and defending champion Djokovic before the French Open, but both seem to have clicked back into gear at Roland Garros and have improved round on round.

Murray played his best match of 2017 when he beat former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round, before following it up with a professional performance against Karen Khachanov.

Djokovic, meanwhile, impressed against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the last 16, having struggled past Diego Schwartzman in five sets in round three.

If Murray wants to emulate his run to the final from 12 months ago, he will first have to fend off big-serving Russian Karen Khachanov, while if the seedings go to plan, he would play former US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori and 2015 French Open champion Wawrinka.

Djokovic has to get past Dominic Thiem, a semi-finalist last year, in the quarters and almost certainly Nadal in the semi-final.

Could Caroline Wozniacki win the title?

With Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all missing from Roland Garros, the women’s draw was always going to be wide open.

But after eight days, there isn’t a single Grand Slam champion left in the draw.

Of the eight women’s quarter-finalists, former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki is by far the most experienced. Not usually a fan of clay, the 26-year-old Dane has embraced the slow surface this season and impressed with a three-set victory in the fourth round over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Nine times in the past, the woman who has defeated the 2009 winner from Russia has gone on to reach the French Open final.

The last time there were no former Grand Slam champions in the women’s quarter-finals in Paris was in 1977, which prompted this tweet from former world No. 2 Pam Shriver:

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