Melbourne: World number one Rafael Nadal powered past Frenchman Gael Monfils to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open in an impressive performance on Saturday. The 13-time Grand Slam champion was too strong for the 25th-seeded Monfils, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)
Nadal will next face Japanese 16th seed Kei Nishikori in the fourth round. Nishikori earlier knocked out American Donald Young in straight sets. (Federer eases into pre-quarters | Sharapova makes last 16)
The Spanish top seed is bidding to win his second Australian Open title and become only the third man to win each of the four Grand Slam titles twice, after Australians Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.
Nadal played his best match in the tournament and was relentless in breaking the flashy Frenchman's service six times in a dynamic display.
The Spaniard hit 21 winners and just 18 unforced errors, while Monfils made 57 unforced errors with his all-or-nothing shot-making. (Also read: Andy Murray enters pre-quarters)
It was Nadal's 10th win in 12 encounters with Monfils to put him into the second week of the tournament.
There was some concern early in the second set when Nadal was limping on his right foot after winning a rally, but he continued on in the match with no apparent discomfort.
Nadal is looking to win his 14th Grand Slam title and equal American Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam title holders. He is currently third behind Roger Federer (17).