Rafael Nadal beats Maximilian Marterer to ease into French Open quarter-finals

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal French Open

Having racked up his 900th Tour win, Nadal will now take aim at regular practise partner Diego Schwartzman after the gritty Argentine 11th seed came from two sets down to beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

"I go day by day, and I am not anxious about if I had a test or I don't have a test".

He won his 35th, 36th and 37th sets in a row at Roland Garros, as he hasn't stalled since dropping a set to Novak Djokovic in 2015.

The German, who has previously stated his desire to be the best in the men's game before Nadal and Federer - now ranked number one and two in the world respectively - retire, once again stated his intention to do so during the French Open that is underway in Paris.

But as in the first set, Nadal's riposte was swift, chasing down a drop-shot to set up a break-back opportunity, converted when Marterer thumped a forehand long.

Marterer was only the 11th man in 50 years of professional tennis to make the last 16 on debut at Roland Garros, and first since Nadal won the first of his record 10 titles in Paris in 2005.

Nadal, who lost only two points in the first five games, will next play Germany's world number 70 Maximilian Marterer.

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He also took his run of consecutive completed sets at the French Open to 34, just seven shy of the record held by Bjorn Borg between 1979 and 1981.

To his credit, Marterer arrived with a gameplan and stuck to it and when Nadal sprayed a wild forehand wide he grabbed a 3-1 lead in the third set with his opponent finally looking flat.

Anderson twice served for the match, at 5-4 in the third and fourth sets. "That's why. That's why", he explained. I honestly didn't think I played badly this morning.

Federer, 36, and Nadal, 31, were hardly challenged by the chasing pack a year ago as the two legends shared all four Grand Slam titles between them after coming back from injury layoffs.

Top-seeded Simona Halep advanced to the French Open quarterfinals for the third time by beating Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1.

"If he hits a forehand like really heavy, it's of course something different compared to any other opponent you have during the year", the 22-year-old, who once practised with Nadal, told reporters.

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