Federer, Nadal advance at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- 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 in Doha, Qatar. The second-ranked Nadal defeated Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 6-3.

Federer had 12 aces and 47 winners. He next plays Evgeny Korolev of Russia on Wednesday.

Nadal will face Potito Starace of Italy.

Nadals said he "got good practice in Abu Dhabi, and that gave me good rhythm for this match."

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