Roger Federer demolishes Ruben Bemelmans in just 47 minutes
Roger Federer started his campaign to return to No 1 in the world with a crushing win over Ruben Bemelmans in the Rotterdam Open.
The top seed was in sublime form as he required just 47 minutes to claim a 6-1, 6-2 victory over the world No 116.
The first set took just 18 minutes to complete and although qualifier Bemelmans put up a better fight in the second set, it was still all over inside an hour.
“[It was] very surprising how good things went today,” Federer told atpworldtour.com. “I think the key was to start off well and put Ruben under pressure right away and make him feel like he had to do something special.”
The 20-time Grand Slam winner will take on German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who he has beaten in all 12 of their previous meetings, for a place in the quarter-final.
“You always prefer to play the guy whose game you know,” the Swiss player said
“You know his patterns, it’s nice to play someone like that, you know what to expect.”
Second seed Grigor Dimitrov, playing for the first time since the Australian Open, was given a better test as he beat Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).
The Bulgarian will take on Filip Krajinovic next after the latter beat 17-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
David Goffin, meanwhile, beat Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-3, but newly crowned Open de Sud France champion Lucas Pouille was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Andrey Rublev.
Tennis Top 10
WTA top 10 prize-money earners in 2020: Sofia Kenin at No 1 as Serena Williams and Ashleigh Barty miss out
Your WTA top 10 prize-money earners in 2020.
The ATP Finals in London from 2009-2020 by numbers: 850 million viewers, $78.8m in prize money
Impressive figures from the ATP Finals at The O2 Arena.
Juan Martin del Potro eyes Olympics, but says ‘I will continue to lie to myself’ if dream doesn’t materialise
Juan Martin del Potro dreaming of the Olympics.
On This Day in 2015: Andy Murray inspires Great Britain to Davis Cup victory
Great Britain had not won the Davis Cup since 1936.
Recalling how Britain won the 2015 Davis Cup final amid a backdrop of terror
Kevin Palmer recalls the dramatic 2015 Davis Cup final.
EXCLUSIVE – On the fifth anniversary of Britain’s Davis Cup win, captain Leon Smith reflects on glorious year
On this day five years ago, Britain won the Davis Cup.
Novak Djokovic ‘met the goal he set out at the beginning of the season’, says his coach
A good season for Novak Djokovic.
Tennis Top 10
ATP top 10 prize-money earners in 2020: Novak Djokovic at No 1 with two surprise names on the list
Novak Djokovic sitting pretty at No 1.
WTA to adopt ATP-style categories with events changed to WTA Masters, WTA 500, WTA 250?
Changes in line for WTA categories, according to a report.
Dominic Thiem hopes to emulate his coach and experience ‘incredible’ medal winning emotions at Olympics
Dominic Thiem sets sights on Tokyo Olympics.