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Nadal Leads Spanish Surge; Almagro Races To 300th Win

Acapulco, Mexico

Alamgro© AFP/Getty ImagesNicolas Almagro recorded his 300th match win on Tuesday.

Rafael Nadal led a Spanish surge at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel on Tuesday. Five Spaniards reached the second round, including three-time champion David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro.

Nadal, who is making his first appearance in Acapulco since capturing the 2005 title (d. Montanes), knocked out Argentinean qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 to begin his quest for a 38th clay-court title. He improved to 34-1 on clay against players ranked outside the Top 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, with his lone loss coming in the 2004 Palermo second round to No. 113 Olivier Mutis.

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Third seed Almagro celebrated his 300th match win with a 6-0, 6-1 dismissal of Mexican wild card Cesar Ramirez to reach the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco Tuesday.  "I'm happy for the number and I hope there will be many more [wins] to come," Almagro said. "I want to enjoy the moment a little but I need to keep working hard."

The milestone came at a fitting venue and on an appropriate surface. Almagro won back-to-back Acapulco titles in 2008-09 and more recently reached the final in 2011, when he lost to this year’s top seed David Ferrer. Of Almagro’s 300 career victories, 211 have come on clay.

Almagro becomes the 20th active player to reach the 300 match wins milestone. Roger Federer heads the list with 886 wins. Almagro, 27, dropped just nine points on serve during the match. In contrast, Ramirez won just one point on his own second serve.

Almagro next meets fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 winner over Italian Filippo Volandri. Another Spaniard, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, also advanced to the second round Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Argentine Carlos Berlocq.

Fresh off winning his 20th ATP World Tour title last week in Buenos Aires, top seed Ferrer dropped just four points on his second serve during a 6-0, 6-3 win over Croatian lucky loser Antonio Veic. Ferrer seeks his fourth Acapulco title this week and next meets American Wayne Odesnik.

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