He plays Jürgen Zopp, who had a similarly tough battle beating fellow lucky loser, Ruben Bemelmans, in a raucous affair on Court No 6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in three hours and 35 minutes.
Halep said in her post-match interview that she struggled initially against the left-hander's shots with topspin. You always want to play.
Her next opponent, Andrea Petkovic of Germany, beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-0, 7-6 (5) to reach the third round.
Also up later is Novak Djokovic, the 2016 champion, against 13th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.
With the headlines dominated by the returns of Williams and Sharapova, world number one Simona Halep will begin her latest bid to win a maiden Slam very much under the radar.
With clubbing forehands, Nadal streaked ahead 4-0 in the second set and did the same in the third, before Gasquet finally held serve after a long fifth game.
Sharapova took a bit of time to close out her match on Court 1.
Gorillaz estrena canción y en un mes, disco
El pasado 21 de marzo la banda estrenó en vivo la canción 'Hollywood', la cual cuenta con la colaboración de Snoopp Dogg y Jamie Principle .
Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates winning her their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, on Saturday. She is seeded 28th this year.
Dabrowski's mixed doubles opener against Pauline Parmentier and Gregoire Barrere was stopped Friday with the French duo trailing 1-4 after taking the opening set.
There was another upset as unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko defeated 19th-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-4.
The Croatian, who won the US Open in 2014 and was a quarterfinalist here past year, was cruising until the third set, when Hurkacz broke him for the only time in the match. Their match was suspended for rain late Friday.
The Croat will face Italy's Fabio Fognini, who knocked out British number one Kyle Edmund as he took a thrilling five-setter 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4.