Rafael Nadal stayed the course in his march towards a 13th French Open title as the king of clay dismissed qualifier Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday in a third-round mauling.
The Spaniard who has lost only two matches at Roland Garros in his career, was merciless in gusty, dry conditions against the No. 213, son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda.
The 20-year-old who named his cat after his idol Rafa was bidding to become the first American man to reach the last eight at Roland Garros since Andre Agassi in 2003.
Nadal will play his 14th quarter-final at Roland Garros after securing victory in barely two hours.
The Spaniard swept the first two sets in 70 minutes but dropped serve as Korda broke to begin the third – the situation was only temporary, though, with Nadal taking it back for 2-all.
Nadal closed in on the win with a 4-2 lead, saving two break points for a 5-2 margin and finishing with a concluding break of his young opponent.
The second seed will be playing his 42nd Grand Slam quarter-final; going in without the loss of a set and with just 23 games lost this week.