Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal moved a game closer to another title as he crushed American Mackenzie McDonald 6-1 6-0 6-3 to advance into the third round on Wednesday.

The second-seed Spaniard sailed through in the match and claimed his 95th career win at the tournament. He will next face either Kei Nishikori or Italy’s Stefano Travaglia for a place in the last 16.

Nadal is also looking to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20 singles Grand Slam titles.

Against Mackenzie McDonald, the claycourt master played deep, using his forehand to devastating effect.

After World No. 236 McDonald won the second game, Nadal bagged 11 games in a row to move two sets up and despite some resistance from his opponent early in the third set, he had no trouble improving his win-loss record at Roland Garros to 95-2.

“My objective is to play as well as I can. It was a good match for me today. I’m very happy,” the Spaniard said in a post-match interview.

“Then it’s another difficult match. We’ll see, I hope I’ll be at a good level. It’s always special for me to play here in Paris, on court Philippe Chatrier.”

Austrian star Dominic Thiem had to save three set points but progressed with a 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) victory over American Jack Sock.

The third seed will play Norway’s Casper Ruud or American Tommy Paul for a place in the last 16 in Paris.

“I’m very happy with my game in the first two rounds. It was not an easy draw at all and I’m very happy not to drop a set,” said Thiem, who defeated 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic in round one.
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