Nadal outclassed Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 on Court Philippe Chatrier to continue his quest for an incredible 10th Roland Garros triumph.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's potentially record-breaking French Open campaigns remain firmly on track after the second round at Roland-Garros, with both the overwhelming favourite and the defending champion winning comfortably in straight-sets on Wednesday.
The Spaniard will face Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in round four after the Georgian matched his best ever run at a Grand Slam.
"I think I played a good match", the Spaniard offered, nearly as a question, when asked about his form in thrashing Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3. In the first set he played like he wanted to play, and lost 6-1.
Fifth seed Milos Raonic recovered from a first-set blip to register a 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva. "I think my serve worked better than two days ago", said Nadal. It's the French Open.
The fourth-seeded Nadal is trying to become the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles at a major.
In the women's draw, Garbine Muguruza beat Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-2 to move into the third round, while Kristina Mladenovic romped past Italy's Sara Errani 6-2 6-3.More news: Justin Trudeau meets Pope Francis
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"I think that she played her second match". He then called for the doctor at the start of the third set and the match was over inside two hours.
In a raw interview on Tennis Channel, Johnson said: "I just miss my dad".
But such a scare never looked likely at the Spaniard's home from home at Roland Garros.
Williams, who was runner-up in 2002, made it past the second round for the first time in five years.
Petra Kvitova, two-time Grand Slam champion, lost in the second round against Bethanie Mattek-Sands after two tight tie breaks, and the Czech Republic tennis player wasn't up to the task this time.
Back on court with the 12th-seeded Tsonga trailing 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 5-4, the Frenchman lasted less than eight minutes, losing the first three points on his serve but managing to save the three match points. "I had a massage, it wasn't easy", Olivo said. I think something different in a good way. I took it one point at a time to stay calm.
"For me, the preparation has been ideal, he has trained well and is physically healthy.Victories are needed, no one assures you of playing well, but you have to be able to know that you can do it".
Without Serena Williams, ladies battle is far more mysterious, and all the contestants have pretty much same amount of chances to win.