"We are in a very strange situation, after a lot of months without much tennis, especially for me, that I didn't play in America, I don't know if it's a positive thing or a negative thing," Nadal said when asked how important it was to keep the early-round matches short and sweet.
One suspects that Messi, who will be 35 when the next edition of football's showpiece tournament begins, will be a man on a mission during these qualifiers as he seeks to enhance his own legacy and end Argentina's nearly three-decade wait for major silverware.
"I'm very, very happy to be in the semifinals again and here at Roland Garros," Nadal said on court. "No doubt that this is the most important place for me and the most beautiful place to play."
Sevilla opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Luuk de Jong fired home with his left foot after Barca failed to deal with a corner, but Barca levelled barely a minute later when Jesus Navas was unable to clear Jordi Alba's ball into the area, allowing Coutinho to pick his spot.
Taki crossed the line in 3:35.00 ahead of Abel Kipsang (3:35.43).
"We didn't deal well with some details in the first half and conceded many errors," added the Chinese international.
In the 25km race, China's Gao Chongchong and Zhang Jiajing won the men's and women's group respectively.
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Boca Juniors midfielder Ivan Marcone has joined Spanish side Elche on a season-long loan, the Argentinian club said on Monday.
MADRID, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are in action on Sunday in their last La Liga games before the international break.
The 2019 ATP Finals champion will face Russia's Andrey Rublev for a semifinals place in the next round. The 22-year-old Rublev recovered from a one set down and trailed by 5-2 in the second to knock out Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the last men's round of 16 clash.
Once again Getafe is off to an excellent start to the season and although its style of football is not always attractive to watch, it is effective as it showed against Betis in midweek.