PARIS: Rafael Nadal has arrived at the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the fourteenth time on Sunday as he vanquished American qualifier Sebastian Korda 6-1, 6-1, 6-2, staying serenely on course for a thirteenth French Open title and record-equalling twentieth Grand Slam crown.
Second seed Nadal piled on his 97th success at the competition against only two thrashings since his title-winning introduction in 2005.
He proceeds to confront either German 6th seed Alexander Zverev or Italian adolescent Jannik Sinner in what will be his 42nd profession appearance in the last eight of a Grand Slam.
Korda, the world number 213 and child of 1998 Australian Open victor and 1992 Roland Garros second place Petr Korda, never truly recouped from slipping rapidly to a 5-0 shortage in the main set.
The 20-year-old, who was so in stunningness of Nadal when he was growing up that he named his feline after the Spaniard, had the reassurance of breaking serve once in the third set.
Notwithstanding, it was a short reprieve as 34-year-old Nadal cleared into the last eight without dropping a set and with his adversary left to regret 48 unforced mistakes on a cold, stormy day in the French capital.
“It was a decent presentation and I am content with that,” said Nadal. “In any case, Sebastian will be an extraordinary part later on, it’s amazing to see him hit the ball so well.”