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Nadal Dethrones Ferrer For Acapulco Trophy

Acapulco, Mexico

Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal won his second Acapulco trophy.

Second seed Rafael Nadal crafted his most impressive performance of the season Saturday evening in Acapulco, dethroning three-time defending champion David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 to win the Abierto Mexicano Telcel title.

Since returning from a seven-month absence with a left knee injury in February, Nadal has won 12 of his 13 matches to open his comeback season. He began by finishing runner-up at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar (l. to Zeballos) before triumphing at the Brasil Open 2013 in Sao Paulo (d. Nalbandian). Saturday’s victory over Ferrer marked Nadal's 38th clay-court trophy, with seven coming against Ferrer. The Mallorcan also won the Acapulco crown on his event debut in 2005.

"This was a great week for me and today I played exceptionally well, I dominated the game against the world No. 4 and couldn't be happier, especially when I think where I am coming from," said Nadal. "Perhaps the conditions were in my favour but I feel it was maybe one of the best matches of my career."

Nadal never allowed Ferrer to get involved in the highly anticipated final, as he claimed the first eight games. The 11-time major champion broke his countryman five times from eight opportunities, winning 58 per cent of his return points. He closed out the victory in just 65 minutes to improve his FedEX ATP Head2Head series with Ferrer to a 17-4 mark.

The left-hander will play an exhibition match against Juan Martin del Potro on Monday before contesting the season's first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells. "It's a tournament that I love and one of the best events in the year. My knee responded well this week and I really hope it will continue this way," said Nadal.

Ferrer was aiming to retain a trophy for the third time in 2013. The 30 year old successfully defended titles at the Heineken Open in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber) and the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Wawrinka). He dropped to a 20-16 record in tour-level finals.

"I wish I could have played a better match but I never found my rhythm. You have good days and bad days," mused the right-hander. "Rafa played really well and I couldn't do much, and never had any chance [but] I leave with a positive feeling," Ferrer added.

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