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
”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