Nadal downs Ferrer in Acapulco final
Acapulco, MX (Sports Network) - Second-seeded Rafael Nadal downed top-seeded David Ferrer in an all-Spanish final Saturday at the $1.213 million Mexican Open.
Nadal breezed past Ferrer, 6-0, 6-2, on the red clay at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess, denying Ferrer a fourth straight Mexican Open championship.
The former world No. 1 Nadal captured the Mexican Open in 2005 and titled in Sao Paulo two weeks ago. He has won 12 of 13 matches since returning from a seven-month layoff because of an injured knee, with his lone loss coming to Horacio Zeballos in the Vina del Mar final last month.
Nadal simply dominated from the start, winning the first eight games of the match. He broke serve five times en route to the 65-minute rout.
"This was a great week for me and today I played exceptionally well," said Nadal. "I dominated the game against the world No. 4 and couldn't be happier, especially when I think where I am coming from. Perhaps the conditions were in my favor, but I feel it was maybe one of the best matches of my career."
Nadal moved to 17-4 lifetime against Ferrer, who was trying for his third title of 2013. He had already won in Auckland back in January and last week in Buenos Aires.
"I wish I could have played a better match, but I never found my rhythm," said Ferrer. "You have good days and bad days. Rafa played really well and I couldn't do much, and never had any chance."
Nadal pocketed $291,800 for his 52nd career title.
03/03 00:03:09 ET