ATP Mexican Open: Rafa Nadal crushes David Ferrer in straight sets
Rafa Nadal beat David Ferrer in straight sets to win the Mexican Open and continue his successful return from injury.
Last Updated: 03/03/13 4:36pm
Nadal, ranked fifth in the world, needed just over an hour to claim a 6-0 6-2 victory over top seed and fellow Spaniard Ferrer in Acapulco.
Former World No1 Nadal flew out of the blocks and won the first eight games against the three-time defending champion.
Ferrer waited 44 minutes to win his first game of the final, the crowd erupting in applause as he put away a service winner to trail 2-1 in the second set.
With Ferrer serving down 3-1, an extended rally in which both players scrambled back and forth from the net ended with a top-spin lob winner by Nadal, bringing the crowd to its feet and the score to 30-30.
Second seed Nadal, the 2005 Mexican Open champion, won the next two points to go up two breaks in the set and soon after secured his 38th clay court tournament victory and 52nd ATP Tour title.
Nadal has now won 12 of his 13 matches since returning after recovering from a torn tendon.
He also confirmed that he would play in next week's Indian Wells hard-court tournament in America, despite speculation he might miss the event to protect his knee.