Less than 48 hours after an exhausting four-hour five-set encounter with Dan Evans, world No 69 Sousa was chewed up and spat out by the ruthless world No 2.
But if anyone thought Nadal was about to be his usual humble self and toe the "politically correct" line by having a go at the Wimbledon organizers they were sorely mistaken.
"In the world of tennis today, honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty, even if Ashleigh Barty is the first player of the world and she already won in the French Open and she is playing unbelievable good". Rafael Nadal was questioned, was it a wise move placing him on the Center Court today rather than World Number one, Ashleigh Barty. "A lot of positive things in there", the 18-times Grand Slam champion, whose surgically-repaired body often struggles to cope with the demands of playing on the slick grass surface, said with a smile. The duo is scheduled to lock horns in Round of 16 at the Centre Court. 'Vintage Nadal on grass, ' was how BBC commentator Boris Becker described it. 'That gives me confidence. Querrey is going to be there in front of me. Nadal has never played Sandgren before.
Sousa is expected to pose a tough challenge on the Spaniard.
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During the last season, the 22-year-old player scored eight goals and made five goal assists in 29 appearances. They had also been negotiating the terms of such an agreement since mid-February.
Following the traditional Sunday rest day, Nadal returned to the central court to show off how speedy his legs were and how effective his service was, which he held successfully, not allowing Sousa to create a single break point in the whole match, Efe news reported.
He wrapped up the opener in 29 minutes and after a break in the first game of the second set, the writing was on the wall.
Another stunning victor followed on Nadal's next break of serve, before he capped off an exceptional performance with an ace to hold to love.