Number one seed Rafael Nadal had it easy at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday as he beat Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-4 .
"I'm very happy about how I played.” he said after the match. “I think I played at a high level tonight," Nadal said. "The feeling was better than last week, so that's important. My serve worked very well at the end of the match."
Leading 2-1 in the first set, Nishikori failed to convert on two break opportunities and Nadal promptly broke the Japanese player in the ensuing game. In the eighth game, Nishikori again failed to convert on two break points.
Nadal broke Nishikori in the opening game of the second set and held serve to close out the match.
Third seed Roger Federer also advanced, enjoying a routine 6-3 6-3 win over Czech Radek Stepanek earlier on Saturday.
The victory took Federer alongside Pete Sampras with 762 career wins, equal seventh overall. Jimmy Connors tops the list with 1,241 wins.
"It's a funny stat," the Swiss said. "But it shows how long I have been around already, how much I've won all around the world and on all the different surfaces."
In another match, defending champion Andy Roddick made a shock early exit after suffering a second round loss to Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-4 7-6.
Bopanna-Qureshi in pre-quarters
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi warded off late resistance from the German-American pair of Philipp Kohlschreiber and Rajeev Ram to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday.
The seventh-seeded Indo-Pakistani pair beat the unseeded rival team 6-3, 7-6(5).