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ACAPULCO: A dominant Rafa Nadal dismantled fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 yesterday 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 all week.”
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.
“Rafa was just better than me today,” said Ferrer. REUTERS