PARIS, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the third round of French Open after devastating Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday.
World No. 57 Thiem put on occassional flash of genius to beat the top ranked Spaniard twice, but was broken seven times and committed 41 unforced errors.
The 20-year-old Austrian, who has built stamina by running through the forests carrying tree trunks, ran out of steam before the invincible eight-time winner who found frightening form.
Nadal praised Thiem for his great potential.
"Dominic is a dangerous player and I knew that if I wasn't playing well then I'd be in trouble," said Nadal.
"But he is a future star, 100 per cent. His level of ball is very high, he is strong on the forehand and backhand. He has everything to be a big champion."
Nadal will face either Leonardo Mayer of Argentina or Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili in the third round.
Fifth seed David Ferrer of Spain also advanced with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy's Simone Bolelli.