Rafael Nadal takes on Pablo Carreno Busta in the French Open 2017 quarter-final
However, he will also have to contend with the wind and rain after inclement conditions on Tuesday forced authorities to postpone their match until Wednesday.
The Spaniard has dropped just 20 games on his route to the last eight and is odds-on favourite to complete ‘La Decima’ by adding his 10th Roland Garros title.
Carreno Busta is the lowest seeded player remaining in the men’s draw, having coming into the competition ranked 21st in the world, and has never reached this stage of any major before.
And in his three previous meetings with Nadal, he has won just one set and that came on the hard courts of Doha – both of their clay-court encounters have been straight-set affairs.
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Rafael Nadal v Pablo Carreno Busta: French Open latest updates
Wednesday June 8
10.40: Nadal 4-1 Carreno Busta
Despite the early start, Nadal has definitely not woken up on the wrong side of the bed as he breaks at the first attempt.
But the 20th seed breaks back immediately as he manages to grind out a long rally before Nadal’s looping effort hits the net.
Nadal then breaks again with some athletic work around the court and extends it to a three-game cushion.
10.15: Both players are out on Chatrier now. The weather looks good. It's Spaniard v Spaniard. It's the King of Clay in action. But where are the fans? It's far from a packed crowd. Perhaps it's a bit too early for some?
Nadal can also reach another milestone today with the nine-time champ bidding to win his 100th best-of-5-set match on clay.
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9.40am: Good morning again! Well I'm hoping this might be a less frustrating day than yesterday.
The weather looks set fair – if windy – and Nadal is due on Chatrier at 10am sharp UK time to get things going on a massive day of quarter-final action after both of yesterday's men's matches were postponed.
It means Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are all in action and hoping to stamp their authority on the tournament ahead of Sunday's final.
Tuesday June 7
5.10pm: Oh dear. Well on the positive side of things, we don't have to wait around all afternoon for Nadal.
The two Spaniards have been sent home for the day with more rain forecast this evening.
French Open authorities are still hopeful of completing the two women's quarter-finals but the men will have to wait until tomorrow. See you then!
4.55pm: The sun is out but apparently there is more rain imminent so the pleasant conditions are just temporary.
They have again pushed the 'no play before' time to 5.30pm and if the rain stays off then they might hit that.
But the local meteorologists reckon there is precipitation in the offing. We'll see…
4.35pm: Aaaaand it's not getting any better. I've seen hail in some pictures of Roland Garros which would suggest this is a pretty punchy set of showers.
The powers-that-be say no play scheduled before 5pm. I'm not expecting this to be their last update in terms of a later start time, I'm afraid.
3.55pm: Not great news from Roland Garros so far. The covers had come off but now the Parisian weather has turned and it is hosing it down again.
Sit tight but this won’t be a short one I feel. It's really very moist.
3.10pm: A weather update from Paris. It is windy, rainy, sunny and calm. Often all at the same time. Changeable is perhaps the best way to describe it.
The tennis authorities at Roland Garros say play will not start again before 4.45pm local time – that's 3.45pm over in the UK
2.25pm: Settle in chaps, this could be a while.
The rain that Nadal sped to avoid last week has finally arrived and Mladenovic, trailing by a set to Baczizky, has scampered off Chatrier to take cover.
There is no roof on this court of course – there is one in the offing but not for three years – so the only thing we can do is find a good book and see how long this 'storm' lasts.
Rafael Nadal is known as 'The King of Clay' and is chasing a 10th French Open title
2.15pm: Nadal's next step in pursuit of a historic 10th French Open title will get underway later this afternoon on Court Philippe Chatrier, the scene of so much success for the Spaniard in the past.
First, the home fans will be hoping France's Kristina Mladenovic can seal a semi-final spot by beating Timea Bacsiszky, the Swiss No30 seed.
Nadal will be out at the completion of that match.
The other uncertainty about today is meteorological. There are storms forecast from now onwards which could see the best laid plans of mice and men go awry. But we'll keep our fingers, legs and umbrellas crossed.