World no.2 Rafael Nadal moved one step closer to his title defence after beating Argentine qualifier Eduardo Schwank 6-1 6-3 6-4 and booking a place in the last 16 of the 2012 Roland Garros championships.
Nadal, who is yet to drop a set on the red dirt this year (not counting the special blue clay in Madrid of course), broke the Argentine three times to close out the first set after just 46 minutes.
The second and the third sets were a bit tighter, but one break of serve in each of them allowed Nadal to take control and holding his serve till the end, he improved his match record in Paris to 48-1.
Despite Schwank showing his potential at times, he was never a threat for the 6 time French Open champion. Nadal didn’t play his clinical best today, but it was more than enough against the 192nd ranked Argentine.
With this win, Nadal gave himself a perfect bday present as he will be turning 26 on Sunday.
Next up for the Spaniard will be another Argentine Juan Monaco, who battled his way past the big serving Canadian Milos Raonic, winning in five sets 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4.