Rafael Nadal continued his comeback from injury with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 win over Joao Souza in the Brazil Open.
The Spaniard, who reached the final in Vina Del Mar last week, needed just one hour and 18 minutes to beat his Brazilian opponent in the second round.
Nadal decided to pull out of the doubles event in Sao Paulo but he is through to the quarter-finals of the singles where he will face Argentine Carlos Berlocq.
Comeback trail: Rafael Nadal beat Joao Souza in straight sets in Brazil
Going strong: Nadal pulled out of the doubles event in Sao Paulo but is into the last eight of the singles
Meanwhile in Rotterdam, Roger Federer cruised past Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-3 6-4 in the second round of the World Indoor Tournament.
Defending champion Federer only landed 42 per cent of his first serves during the first set but an early break helped him take the lead against an awkward home favourite.
'He had a clear game plan with a lot of variation so I never really got into a rally,' Federer said. 'He was also unpredictable for me.'
Winner: Roger Federer overcame Thiemo de Bakker (below) in Rotterdam
Another early break in the second set combined with an improved service ratio earned top seed Federer a place in the quarter-finals where he faces Frenchman Julien Benneteau.
Second seed Juan Martin Del Potro, who was beaten by Federer in last year's final, saved his best tennis for the big points as he struggled past wild card Ernests Gulbis 7-6 6-3.
Latvian Gulbis impressed with his serve in the second set when he hit five straight aces, but a break in the eighth game was enough for Del Potro to clinch the match.
Advancing: Federer accepts the applause from the crowd