2/27/13 3:05 PM | Cheryl Murray
World No. 5 Rafael Nadal breezed through his opening round match in Mexico on Tuesday with a routine straight-set win over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman.
It was a good, efficient start for the returning Spaniard, who is in just his third tournament since a knee injury sidelined him for 7 months. Rafael Nadal, former world No. 1, defeated Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2.
The Spaniard Was never in any trouble in this match. Nadal seems to have instituted a new strategy that involves less running and shortening points against lower-ranked players. The result is a slightly less impressive scoreline than he might have had pre-injury, but surely better for his joints.
The first set was all Nadal. The No. 2 seed didn't face any break points, while breaking Schwartzman twice.
The Argentine actually secured a break of serve in the second set, but that didn't deter Nadal in the least. He snagged a trio of break points and closed out the match in an hour and eight minutes.
Nadal will take on Martin Alund, the Argentine qualifier who stormed into the semifinals in Sao Paolo a couple of weeks ago.
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