Rafael Nadal pummels David Ferrer, bags second title of 2013
Acapulco, Mexico (4E Sports) – Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain pummeled countryman and defending champion David Ferrer, 6-0, 6-2, Saturday to win the Abierto Mexicano Telcel trophy.
Nadal surprised Ferrer by taking the first eight games and breaking his countryman five times in eight opportunities to close out the win in just 65 minutes.
The title was the second for Nadal since his return in February from a seven-month absence due to a left knee injury.
The Spaniard has won 12 of his 13 matches to open his comeback season, which he began by finishing runner-up at the VTR Open before winning the Brasil Open 2013 in Sao Paulo.
The Abierto Mexicano Telcel trophy was Nadal’s 38th clay-court crown, with seven coming against Ferrer. Nadal improved his head-to-head record against Ferrer to 17-4.
Ferrer, for his part, failed in his bid to retain a trophy for the third time in 2013. The 30-year-old Spaniard successfully defended titles at the Heineken Open in Auckland and the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.
The Abierto Mexicano Telcel women’s final saw Sara Errani defending her title with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Carla Suarez Navarro.
With the win, Errani now has seven WTA title. She won her first two in 2008 at Palermo and Portoroz and her next four during her breakthrough 2012 season at Acapulco, Barcelona, Budapest and Palermo.
Errani is now the WTA match win leader for the season with 18 wins, leading Agnieszka Radwanska by one.
Meanwhile, world No. 105 Edouard Roger-Vasselin reached his first ATP Tour final after stunning top seed John Isner, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in the semifinal of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.
Despite losing the second frame, Roger-Vasselin never buckled under pressure in the third set, erasing five break points against his serve to pull off the upset in two hours and eight minutes.
The Frenchman survived 19 aces from Isner to beat the two tallest players on the ATP World Tour en route to Sunday’s title match. He also defeated Ivo Karlovic in the second round.
For the trophy, the 29-year-old will play 2010 champion Ernests Gulbis, who defeated 2006 titlist and second seed Tommy Haas, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2).