Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round of the French Open ©Getty Images

World number two Rafael Nadal continued his ominous start to his pursuit of a 13th French Open title as he dropped just five games in a comfortable third-round victory over Italy's Stefano Travaglia at Roland Garros.

Nadal swept aside Travaglia 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 on Court Philippe-Chatrier to ease into round four, where he will take on American qualifier Sebastian Korda.

The Spaniard, who did not compete at the US Open earlier this month due to concerns over COVID-19, made light work of his Italian opponent, who offered little resistance to the 12-time champion save for the odd moment in the second set.

"We are in a very strange situation after a lot of months without playing, especially for me because I did not play in America," said Nadal.

"I don't know if that is positive or negative, I take it as a very positive thing because I am playing quite well. 

"To win against a player like Stefano with this score is because I did a lot of things well, I played more aggressive than the previous days so I'm happy with that."

World number 239 Hugo Gaston stunned 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka to reach round four ©Getty Images
World number 239 Hugo Gaston stunned 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka to reach round four ©Getty Images

US Open champion Dominic Thiem is also through after he overcame Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

But 2015 French Open winner Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland is out following a shock five-set loss to world number 239 Hugo Gaston of France.

Gaston will face Thiem in round four after knocking out the three-time Grand Slam champion with a battling 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 triumph.

The 20-year-old wildcard becomes the first man ranked outside the world's top 200 to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros since 2002.

In the women's draw, top seed Simona Halep of Romania needed only 54 minutes to thrash American teenager Amanda Anisimova.

Halep, who won the French Open in 2018, recorded a 6-0, 6-1 victory to set up a meeting with Poland's Iga Swiatek.

Third seed Elena Svitolina progressed thanks to a 6-4, 7-5 win over Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, while France's Caroline Garcia came from a set down to beat 16th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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