Roger Federer began the defence of his ATP Rotterdam Open title by crushing Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-1 in just 57 minutes on Wednesday.

Federer raced through the opening set in 29 minutes with a break in the final game and rolled on in the second, taking a 3-1 led before closing out with a break in the penultimate game and a love game to finish with a service winner.

The results:

At Rotterdam: ATP Rotterdam Open: Second round: Juan Martin del Potro bt Ernests Gulbis 7-6(7/5), 6-3.

Grigor Dimitrov bt Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-3; Jarkko Nieminen bt Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 5-7, 6-3; Marcos Baghdatis bt Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4.

First round: Roger Federer bt Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-1; Marcos Baghdatis bt Benoit Paire 6-0, 6-7(3), 4-0 (retd.).

At San Jose: ATP SAP Open: Second round: Tommy Haas bt Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-1; John Isner bt Vasek Pospisil 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3.

At Sao Paulo: ATP Brazil Open: First round: Joao Souza bt Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 7-6(6) (retd.).

At Doha: WTA Qatar Open: Third round : Victoria Azarenka by Christina McHale 6-0, 6-0 Agnieszka Radwanska bt Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 7-6(6); Caroline Wozniacki bt Mona Barthel 7-6(3), 6-3; Daniela Hantuchova bt Sara Errani 5-7, 7-5, 6-2; Samantha Stosur bt Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 7-5; Maria SHarapova bt Klara Zakapalova 6-3, 6-3.

Second round: Christina McHale bt Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-2; Daniela Hantuchova bt Ekaterina Bychkova 6-3, 1-6, 6-3; Samantha Stosur bt Monica Niculescu 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Klara Zakopalova bt Sloane Stephens 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5); Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-4; Petra Kvitova bt Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 0-0 (retd.); Urszula Radwanska bt Roberta Vinci 6-2, 5-7, 6-0. — Agencies

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