Considering how predictably comfortable this was, Nadal was asked afterwards whether he felt it was right that he opened up Centre Court while Ashleigh Barty was relegated to Court No 2.
Rafael Nadal took a cheeky shot at Ash Barty.
There was simply no way back for Sousa, who failed to force any break points during the match, and the second set was sealed when Nadal took his opponent's serve again. 'You are putting Ashleigh Barty in front of me.
Even the person manning the "Used Championship Balls" stall around the corner from Centre Court drew in passing trade by shouting: "Roll up, roll up, come and get your used championship balls here if you want to own a piece of Federer's DNA!" "I am the world No. 2 and I won 18 grand slams". For me, both decisions are good.
"But we can't create polemics every single day about decisions that they have to take". Indeed it was, and this was a message for Messrs Federer and Djokovic, the top two seeds.
"Another day US Open when I played Max Mirnyi, I waited 10 hours at the court to play, it was raining all day". 'Now starts the most hard part of the tournament. "I think there are some players that are pushed more than others".
The Swiss is unlikely to be popping champagne corks to celebrate either milestone, however, as he has his eyes firmly set on much, much bigger prizes - a record ninth Challenge Cup and a 21st Grand Slam title.
The sweet-spot in Nadal's racket appeared to be the size of a beachball on Monday as the Spaniard fired off formidable forehands, breathtaking backhands and thunderbolt aces to burst Sousa's Wimbledon bubble. Nadal had a 4-0 lead inside the opening ten minutes of the match.
Sousa avoided an unwanted hat-trick of breaks against him when he held to love to pull a game back, but a passing victor from Nadal sealed the set in the Spaniard's favour.
But the second-ranked men's player did not agree with a reporter's suggestion Barty deserved to play on Centre Court, the third seed stating his status in the sport is higher than the Australian's.
Ruthless Roger Federer raced into his 17th Wimbledon quarter-final with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 demolition of Matteo Berrettini on Monday (July 8) but, contrary to what the scoreline suggests, this did not require a masterclass from the Swiss great.