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Rafael Nadal now 70-1 at French, to face Novak Djokovic in quarters

PARIS -- Everything seems to be going according to form in the men's draw of the French Open as the sport's "Big Four" stuck with the script on Monday.

Rafael Nadal, despite dropping his first set of the tournament, became the first man to win 70 career singles matches at the French Open with his 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 victory over American Jack Sock on Monday.

The "King of Clay," who will turn 29 on Wednesday, will also be joined in the quarterfinals by Roger Federer, Andy Murray and top-ranked Novak Djokovic after all three had little trouble with their fourth-round matches.

As for a birthday present? That would come in the form of a matchup with Djokovic, who breezed to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Richard Gasquet.

Nadal, who is 70-1 on the clay at Roland Garros, holds a 23-20 career edge over Djokovic, who also had a 26-match unbeaten streak on the line.

"It will be the biggest possible challenge for me on clay," Djokovic said. "I'm very excited. It will be a great match."

Sock, the last American in the draw, let out a guttural scream after breaking Nadal with a furiously struck forehand winner in the third set, but would rarely be heard from again as the nine-time French champion closed out the match in the fourth.

"The first two sets, I think I played great," Nadal said. "I was very aggressive with very few mistakes."

Federer has the most match wins at the Australian Open (75), and Jimmy Connors has the most at Wimbledon (84) and the US Open (98). Nadal has an incredible 93-1 win-loss record in best-of-five-sets matches on clay.

A 17-time Grand Slam champion, Federer advanced to the quarterfinals for an 11th time, needing only about an hour to finish off Gael Monfils 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

"I was solid today," Federer said. "It was exactly what I wanted to do."

Federer and Monfils were tied at one set apiece when their fourth-round match was suspended by darkness Sunday night. Federer handled the disruption far better than the Frenchman did, looking sprightly as they resumed Monday.

Monfils, who lost to Federer for the fourth time in four matches at Roland Garros, said he played with a stuffed nosed after catching a cold earlier in the tournament and promised to be more careful with his health in the future.

"I had a bad night ... my body was sluggish. I felt slow," Monfils said. "... The Big Four, they are always healthy. In a Grand Slam tournament they make sure that they are healthy for two weeks, and that's essential."

In truth, this match might have been over after the very first game when they resumed: Monfils led 40-love, then tried to showboat a little and got broken. Federer broke to open the fourth set, too.

Federer next plays his Davis Cup Swiss teammate, Stan Wawrinka. Federer holds a 16-2 edge in their all-time meetings.

"So there will be a Swiss guy in the semifinal. That's positive," Federer said. "I will pull out all the stops to advance to the next round."

Murray overcame a partisan crowd and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy's strong resistance to remain unbeaten on clay this season and reach the last eight at the French Open for the fifth time.

The third-seeded Murray was whistled and booed several times in his 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win but stayed cool to set up a quarterfinal against David Ferrer, runner-up at the French in 2013.

On the back of his best season on the slower surface, Murray is bidding to add the French Open to his US Open and Wimbledon crowns.

Ferrer breezed past US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

Coming into their fourth-round match, Cilic had been broken just once in 40 service games. However, Ferrer ruined that as he broke the Croat in five of his 13 service games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.