Claycourt machine Rafa Nadal celebrated his 35th birthday by handing his longtime pal Richard Gasquet a 6-0 7-5 6-2 masterclass as he stormed into the third round of the French Open.
Thirteen-time Roland Garros champion Nadal showed no mercy as he demolished the Frenchman for the 17th time in as many professional encounters.
Gasquet beat Nadal in the semi-finals of the under-14 Tournoi des Petits As in 1999, but since then has always emerged second best in their encounters.
The Spaniard has never been troubled by the Frenchman's single-handed backhand and produced a ruthless display as he took a step closer in his pursuit of a men's record 21st grand slam singles title.
Thursday' match, scheduled in the night session, was played in an empty Philippe Chatrier stadium because of the local 9pm curfew amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gasquet only managed nine points in the opening set as he lost seven games in a row, being totally overwhelmed by Nadal's top spin and his forehands down the line.
Gasquet put up a fight in the second set but even that was not enough to rattle Nadal.
The Frenchman nudged to a 5-4 lead with a splendid service return, but Nadal earned another break in the 12th game to take a two-set lead.
A more relaxed Gasquet unleashed some delightful backhands, but Nadal broke for 4-2 in the decider as his opponent started to run out of steam, and never looked back to set up a meeting with Britain's Cameron Norrie.
Improving his Roland Garros record to a jaw dropping 102-2, Nadal has not dropped a set here since beating Dominic Thiem in the 2019 final.
Gasquet's defeat ended a woeful tournament for the French contingent as he was the last local favourite standing, meaning no French male or female player will be in the third round at Roland Garros for the first time since tennis turned professional in 1968.
Earlier, Roger Federer lost his trademark cool but found some vintage tennis as he beat Marin Cilic.
Federer looked sharp and could even afford to get a little distracted, arguing with chair umpire Emmanuel Joseph after being given a time warning for slow play during the second set on Thursday.
Federer even asked Cilic for his opinion.
"Marin, am I playing too slow?" he asked.
Cilic suggested he was.
After winning in the first round on Monday, Federer spoke about the strange feeling of having to handle his own towel because of coronavirus rules.
He argued the point to the umpire, and to Cilic.
"I understand the rule," Federer protested to Cilic.
"I'm going from one corner to the next trying to get my towel. I'm not doing it on purpose."
The dispute lasted several minutes and seemed to unsettle Federer but he regrouped to win 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.
"I guess I'm just new to the new tour," he joked after the match, referring to the time issue.
Federer, who turns 40 in August, said he was somewhat surprised by his strong performance.
"I didn't think I could play at this level for two hours against Marin," Federer said.
"I finished by serving really well. It shows I have something in reserve, I have some energy left and that's really good for my confidence."
Earlier, world No.1 Novak Djokovic strolled past Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-2 6-4 to progress.
Cuevas showed flashes of resistance but the top-seeded Serbian lifted when needed and produced some sublime winners off his backhand to continue his chase for a 19th grand slam.
Djokovic's win set up a clash against Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis, who beat Australian James Duckworth 7-5 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.
"I think the third set was really difficult for me," Djokovic said, speaking in impressive French during his on-court interview.
"I raised my game. I stayed focused, I found my serve when it was important."