Nadal meets unseeded Lajovic at French Open

Paris: World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal continues his charmed march through the French Open when he plays unseeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic for a place in the quarter-finals on Monday.

Neither player has dropped a set but Nadal, in the second match on the Philippe Chatrier show court, should have little trouble setting up a meeting with either Spanish compatriot David Ferrer, the fifth seed, or South African Kevin Anderson, seeded 19.

Ferrer was beaten by Nadal in last year`s final and the contest with Anderson is first on court Suzanne Lenglen.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, the seventh seed from Britain, takes on Spain`s Fernando Verdasco (24) in the third match on that court.

The tightest contest may be between Simona Halep of Romania, the highest seed left in the women`s draw at four, and 15th seed Sloane Stephens of the United States.

Both are in top form and the winner will be one of the favourites for the title.