The 35-year-old is into the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam event for the 44th time and with four matches down, and no sets lost, he is three wins from a 14th Roland-Garros title and a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Nadal celebrated his birthday last week and was asked about what gets better with age and what gets more difficult.
“What's more difficult is to keep celebrating birthdays here in Roland Garros,” he said. “That's the most difficult part because every time is one more year. So it’s going to arrive one day that we are not going to celebrate here.
“For the rest of the things, still passionate about what I am doing, happy to be where I am, of course. I feel lucky to be where I am, too, and I want to keep enjoying, no? Give myself chances to keep competing well.”
On this evidence, yet again, he’s the man to beat and everyone knows it.