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Dominating Nadal dethrones docile Ferrer
Acapulco, March 04, 2013
First Published: 00:38 IST(4/3/2013)
Last Updated: 02:51 IST(4/3/2013)

A dominant Rafa Nadal dismantled Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 on Saturday to win his second Mexican Open title and continue his successful comeback from a long injury lay-off.

Nadal, ranked fifth in the world, needed just over an hour to dispatch top seed Ferrer and was delighted with his form.

“For me, I played almost perfectly,” said Nadal following the match. “My knee responded well week.”

Next tournament
Nadal also confirmed he would play in next week’s Indian Wells hard-court tournament, despite speculation he might skip the event to spare his knee.
“My heart tells me I should continue competing, that I need to move on to the next tournament,” he added.
Nadal had been sidelined for more than seven months due to a partially torn tendon in his knee. He made his return early last month at the Chilean Open, losing in the final to Argentine Horacio Zeballos.

A week later he claimed the Brazil Open title beating David Nalbandian.
The former world number one charged out of the blocks and won the first eight games against three-time defending champion Ferrer, who saw his 19-match winning streak at the clay-court event come to an end.

“Rafa was just better than me today,” said Ferrer.
Nadal, the 2005 Mexican Open champion pocketed $291,800 in prize money for the win.

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