Federer and Nadal enter Qatar Open second round
Roger Federer cruised past Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 6-2.
Qatar: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal breezed into the second round of the Qatar Open with straight-set wins on Tuesday.
Top-ranked Federer cruised past Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 6-2. Second-ranked Nadal defeated Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 6-3.
With no sign of a back problem that plagued him at the start of last year, Federer launched his season by breaking Rochus in the fourth and sixth games. Rochus had three unforced errors in each game. He then broke Rochus in the first and seventh games of the second set to seal the victory.
Federer had 12 aces and 47 winners in the dominating performance. He'll face Evgeny Korolev of Russia on Wednesday.
"I was able to create points," Federer said. "It was good to get on a roll. My movement was explosive. I am happy how I played."
Nadal will face Potito Starace of Italy.
"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."
- Karan Johar Vs MNS: CM Fadnavis Turns Peacemaker
- BCCI Seeks Directives From Lodha Panel on Media Rights Tender
- Varun Gandhi Rejects Charges Against Him As False, Frivolous
- Raj Thackeray Claims Victory, Rs 5 Cr Penance For Producers Employing Pak Artistes
- Islamic State Using Civilians as Human Shields Against Iraqi Troops: UN Official
- Islamic State Has Seized 550 Iraqi Families to Use as Human Shields, Says UN
- After Rita Bahuguna Joshi's Exit, More Congress Veterans Eye BJP
- Islamic State Retaliates as Iraqi Forces Push on Mosul