Rafael Nadal beat a determined Maximilian Marterer 6-3 6-2 7-6 to reach quarterfinals of the French Open tennis tournament.
Nadal fired 39 winners as he completed the victory in two hours and 30 minutes to set up a match with Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who had earlier beaten Kevin Anderson.
After roaring to a two-set lead, Nadal faced a stern test in the third with Marterer leading 3-1 at one point after breaking the Spaniard. The German battled for every point in a bid to drag himself back into the contest.
Nadal maintained composure in the decisive moments of the match to seal victory on his second match point as Marterer’s backhand went long.