Nadal tops Ferrer in Mexican Open final

Rafael Nadal surged past top seed and defending champion David

Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 in Saturday’s final of the Mexican Open.

Nadal’s win was in a powerful performance that showed he has

quickly returned to near his best after a knee injury.

Ferrer was a three-time defending champion and had won 19

straight matches in this event, but he could find no answer to

Nadal, losing to his Spanish compatriot.

Nadal surprised himself with the one-sided victory.

”I did not do anything wrong today, I had a great match, almost

perfect,” Nadal said. ”I would have never imagined playing at the

level that I played today, I’m leaving happy and surprised.

”I played a great match against one of the top players in the

world, a specialist in clay who did not look like himself out

there, he had a bad day.”

The women’s final was similarly one-sided with Italy’s Sara

Errani beating Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain 6-0, 6-4.

Nadal missed seven months with a left knee injury before making

his comeback in the Latin American clay court season.

He has played three tournaments: making the final but losing to

Horacio Zeballos in Chile, taking out the Brazil Open by beating

David Nalbandian and cruising past Ferrer for his 38th clay title.

Seven of those 38 have been against Ferrer.

Nadal is ready to test his knee on the more jarring hard-court

surface at the upcoming Indian Wells tournament after an exhibition

appearance at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

”Indian Wells is one of my favorite tournaments and I want to

keep competing because the knee is holding up and my heart says

that I can do it, and compete is what I want to do now,” Nadal

said.

”Those seven months are in the past, hopefully forever. I

played like that did not happened, but it did happen.”

The 11-time major champion broke Ferrer five times in eight

opportunities, winning 58 percent of his return points. He improved

his record against Ferrer to 17-4.

Ferrer had defended titles already this year at Auckland and

Buenos Aires, but was not able to make it four straight Mexican

Opens.