Spain’s Rafael Nadal beat Joao Souza, ranked 140th in the world, 6-3, 6-4 in his singles debut at the ATP Brazil Open here on Thursday.

The former world No. 1 needed only 78 minutes to prevail over Brazilian.Meanwhile, two-time champion Roger Federer moved swiftly into the quarterfinals of the ATP Rotterdam Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over home hope Thiemo de Bakker.

The results:

At Sao Paulo: ATP Brazil Open: Quarterfinals: Simone Bolleli bt Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-4. Second round: Rafael Nadal bt Joao Souza 6-3, 6-4; Albert Montanes bt Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-2; Simone Bolelli bt Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2; David Nalbandian bt Guido Pella 6-4, 6-2; Nicolas Almagro bt Paul Capdeville 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2.

At Rotterdam: ATP Rotterdam Open: Quarterfinals: Juan Martþn Del Potro bt Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4; Grigor Dimitrov bt Marcos Baghdatis 6-7(4), 7-6(0), 6-3; Second round : Roger Federer bt Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-4; Martin Klizan bt Igor Sijsling 6-2, 6-4.

At San Jose: ATP SAP Open: Second round: Denis Istomin bt Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2; Alejandro Falla bt Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-4; Xavier Malisse bt Matthew Ebden 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(1); Milos Raonic bt Michael Russell 6-2, 7-5; Sam Querrey bt Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(6), 1-6, 7-6(4).

At Doha: WTA Qatar Open: Quarterfinals: Maria Sharapova bt Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4; Victoria Azarenka bt Sara Errani 6-2, 6-2. Third round: Petra Kvitova bt Nadia Petrova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Serena Williams bt Urszula Radwanska 6-0, 6-3. — Agencies

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