Playing Belluci for the fifth time (perfect 5-0 H2H mark), Nole converted three of six break points he held on the Brazilian’s serve.
Belluci broke first, but Nole fought back with a double break to take the opening set in 57 minutes.
A break in the eighth game of the second set was enough to seal his 74th victory of the season.
Match statistics: aces (2-0), double faults (1-2), winners (25-13), unforced errors (24-24), total points won (75-57)
“It’s always good to have a test like [Bellucci] early in the tournament.”
Nole will play his match on Thursday.