Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili face off for a place in the French Open 2017 fourth round
The Spaniard is on a mission to claim his 10th French Open title in front of the adoring Roland Garros crowd and has cruised through his first two matches.
The 30-year-old beat France's Benoit Paire for the loss of just six games in his opening encounter before he beat Robin Haase too just two more off the legendary clay court player.
Now he comes up against Basilashvili, whom he has never played in the senior ranks before and who has just achieved his highest ever world ranking of No44.
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If Nadal does win, he will either take on Roberto Bautista-Agut or Jiri Vesely, who knocked out Britain's Aljaz Bedene.
French Open 2017 LIVE: Rafael Nadal v Nikoloz Basilashvili latest updates
(* denotes player to serve next)
Nadal 6-0, 3-0 Basilashvili*: Nadal has just been warned for time-wasting, which is not unusual, but it seems ironic at 40-15 when Basilashvili takes an age to change his racket. It seems to work as he hits a fine forehand winner but a big Nadal kick serve is too much to handle and the Spaniard wins his ninth straight game.
*Nadal 6-0, 2-0 Basilashvili: It's maginificent to watch Nadal at his best but you have to feel a bit sorry for his opponents on days like these. Even Marcus Willis managed a hold against Roger Federer eventually.
I want Basilashvili to get on the board. Maybe even Rafa does. But not yet.
Nadal 6-0, 1-0 Basilashvili*: Nothing changing with a new set and freshly swept court. Rafa looks extremely keen to get this done very, very quickly.
*Nadal 6-0 Basilashvili: The Georgian gets himself to 30-15 but then a big, curving forehand switches the momentum and two points later, Nadal has the set, punching his 10th winner of the match past the helpless Basilashvili. That took just 23 minutes. Woof.
Nadal 5-0 Basilashvili*: Less than 20 minutes gone and Basilashvili is serving to stay in the match and is yet to hit a winner.
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Nadal has won 20 points to his opponent six and this is a bit ugly.
*Nadal 4-0 Basilashvili: A forehand wide brings up two more break point opportunities and Nadal gobbles up the chance to pick up a double break.
Chatrier is hardly full and those present might not get much value for money on present pace.
Nadal 3-0 Basilashvili*: A speedy Nadal hold consolidates the break and all the pressure is back on the world No44.
*Nadal 2-0 Basilashvili: Classic Nadal hitting brings up two break points at 15-40 and the Georgian can't cope with the power of his Spanish opponent, whacking a defensive backhand into the net to find himself 2-0 down inside 10 minutes.
There is rain forecast for later this afternoon and Nadal would much rather be done before any of that.
Nadal 1-0 Basilashvili*: A relatively comfortable hold for Nadal in a couple of minutes. Already had a couple of big baseline trade-offs but the nine-time champion is always going to win them at Roland Garros.
12.10pm: The players are out now and it will be Rafael Nadal to serve first…
11.55am: Defending women's champion Garbine Muguruza has dispatched her third round opponent Yulia Putintseva in straight sets.
That means Court Philippe Chatrier is clear for Nadal and Basilashvili, who will be out on the clay to knock up in a matter of minutes.