PARIS – Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal earned his 90th French Open victory on Sunday, prevailing over Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero, who was making his Grand Slam debut in Paris, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
The Spaniard, who turns 33 on Monday, did not give his opponent any opportunities to win, sealing the victory in two hours and 13 minutes.
Nadal is seeking a 12th French Open title, a feat that would make him the first player to win a single Grand Slam event that many times.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who qualified for the quarterfinals for the 12th time in Paris, jumped to a 3-0 lead on the strength of a break he converted in his first opportunity in the second game.
Nadal encountered little resistance until the fifth game, when he faced three break points, the only time his serve was in danger in the first set, but he saved all of them.
Each player held his following serve with ease and then Nadal got another break in the eighth game, winning the set on the second chance he had.
In the second set, Nadal was solid on serve, facing zero break points and converting one out of three opportunities he had to break Londero and move a set away from the win.
In an effort to avoid a repeat of what happened in the previous rounds, when he was broken in the third set, Nadal turned up the pressure in a long first game, which featured three deuces, but Londero held.
On his next opportunity, Nadal did not fail and broke Londero’s serve to take a 2-1 lead and got yet another break for a 4-1 advantage.
Nadal, however, was broken in the following game as Londero closed the gap to 4-2.
While serving to stay in the match in the ninth game, however, Londero won only one point and Nadal sealed the win.
Nadal will play either Japan’s Kei Nishikori or France’s Benoit Paire for a spot in the semifinals.