3/3/13 5:52 AM | Cheryl Murray
Rafael Nadal made a strong statement with his straight-set destruction of top seed David Ferrer to take the crown at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.
If this wasn't Rafael Nadal at his clay-court best, it was awfully close. The Spanish superstar ran roughshod over countryman David Ferrer for a comprehensive 6-0, 6-2 victory.
There was little difference between the sets, except that Ferrer actually managed to hold twice in the second set. The entire match was the Nadal Show, with the Spaniard not only hurting Ferrer with his forehand, but also his backhand, a shot that has been slightly weak over the past month.
It was nothing but good news for the Nadal camp, as the reigning French Open champion broke Ferrer in five of his seven service games. He hit with good depth off both wings and he employed the controlled aggression that has seen him to such success on the dirt.
But perhaps the most notable improvement in Nadal's game was his on-court acumen, something that began to re-surface in his semifinal against Almagro. He made the win look easy, as he scampered around the baseline and anticipated Ferrer's every shot.
Nadal's serving wasn't spectacular. He finished the match without an ace and serving at 63%. But his groundstrokes and return were so good that it didn't make a bit of difference.
The win, after just an hour and five minutes, left the visibly relieved Nadal crying into his towel as he now prepares for the all-important spring clay court swing in Europe.
The win marks Nadal's second title in three tournaments.
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