Toronto, Canada – DOHA (Reuters) - World number two Rafael Nadal said he was fully fit for the new season after cruising past Italian Simone Bolelli 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16 of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.
Spaniard Nadal, who won an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament last weekend, was plagued by knee and stomach injuries during 2009 although he helped his country to a crushing victory over Czech Republic in last month's Davis Cup final.
"My only ambition is to play better. Ranking-wise, number one or number two doesn't matter. Fitness-wise, I'm 100 percent now and I'm hitting the ball harder," said Nadal. "I'm also happy that I officially started the season on a winning note. I hope to sustain the momentum."
Federer slammed 12 aces past Rochus and wrapped up victory in under an hour.
"I didn't want to play a cat-and-mouse game, so I finished off the match quickly. I had great fun," said Federer. "I'm looking forward to a great year."
Federer next faces Russian Evgeny Korolev while Nadal takes on Potito Starace of Italy.