Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal raced into the quarter-finals with a straight-set victory over American qualifier Sebastian Korda on Sunday.
Korda said in the build-up that Nadal was his “idol” but the 20-year-old struggled to match the clay-court specialist on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Spanish second seed Nadal, chasing a fourth successive title at Roland Garros, took the match 6-1 6-1 6-2.
He will face the winner of Alexander Zverev versus Jannik Sinner next.
“Sebastian will have a really bright future, such a great player and only 20 years old,” said 34-year-old Nadal, of a player who calls him an inspiration.
“It is a real honour. All of our generation try hard to be passionate, play every single day at our best, and if that is an inspiration for the younger generation, that is good.”