Rafa Nadal beat Thomaz Bellucci in his opening match of the ATP Rio de Janeiro Open in Brazil.
The world number three was made to work hard by the local hope in the opening set, with the two players trading breaks of serve early on, but the Spaniard broke once again while leading 5-4 to claim the set.
From there on he never looked back, taking charge of his first match of the season on clay. He he rushed to a 4-0 lead in the second set, eventually running out a 6-4 6-1 winner.
Nadal will face Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round.
David Ferrer also made it through with a 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver.