Rafael Nadal celebrates winning at the French Open in 2018
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The Spaniard continued his birthday celebrations by moving into the French Open quarter-finals on Monday, beating a determined Marterer.
Nadal, who turned 32 on Sunday, fired 39 winners as he completed the victory in two hours and 30 minutes.
Highlights: Nadal cruises past Marterer
After roaring to a two-set lead, Nadal faced a stern test in the third with Marterer leading 3-1 at one point after breaking the Spaniard.
The German battled for every point in a bid to drag himself back into the contest.
Nadal 'very happy' with win through to quarters
Nadal, however, maintained composure in the decisive moments of the match to seal victory on his second match point as Marterer's backhand went long.
As a result of the win, he has set up a match with Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who beat Kevin Anderson in five sets.
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