Rafael Nadal wrote history on Wednesday evening by booking the thousandth victory of his career.

The Spaniard was too strong for his fellow countryman Feliciano López in the second round of the Masters tournament in Paris: 4-6, 7-6 (5) and 6-4.

34-year-old Nadal is only the fourth player ever to reach the 1,000-plus-ATP Tour mark.

Jimmy Connors (1,274), Roger Federer (1,242) and Ivan Lendl (1,068) preceded the Spanish tennis legend.

Novak Djokovic is also close with 932 wins.

39-year-old López seemed to ruin Nadal's party, as he surprisingly won the first set and also held up well against the number two in the world in the second.

However, Nadal won the tiebreak and won the third set against his experienced compatriot with a quick break.

Because of his hard-won victory, Nadal can continue to hope for his first title in Paris.

The Spaniard reached the final in the French capital once in the past, but in 2007 he had to acknowledge his superior to the Argentinian David Nalbandian.

Nadal will participate in ATP Finals next week

For a place in the quarterfinals, Nadal awaits a showdown with the Australian Jordan Thompson or the Croatian Borna Coric.

The jubilee has no competition in France from defending champion Novak Djokovic, who shines through absence.

The indoor tournament in Paris is Nadal's penultimate performance of this year.

He will also compete in the prestigious ATP Finals next week, which will be held at the O2 Arena in London from November 15-22.

For Nadal this will be his seventh and last tournament of 2020. The 'clay king' wrote history in October by winning Roland Garros for the thirteenth time and equaling the record number of Grand Slam titles of Roger Federer (twenty).