Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal breezed through to the second round of the Qatar Open with straight-sets wins on Tuesday.
Playing with his trademark elegance, Federer, the world’s top-ranked player, crushed Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 6-2 while Nadal, ranked No.2, beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 6-3.
Federer fired 12 aces in a match he completely dominated, firing 47 winners against his Belgian opponent. He next plays Russia’s Evgeny Korolev on Wednesday.
Nadal also recorded an easy win to set up a second round clash with Potito Starace of Italy.
“I tried my best there. I gave 100 per cent in the match. I got good practice in Abu Dhabi and that gave me good rhythm for this match,” Nadal said. “Bolelli plays good shots so this was a tough match.”