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Ferrer, Nadal Breeze Into Acapulco QFs

Acapulco, Mexico

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Top seed and three-time defending champion David Ferrer charged into the quarter-finals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Wednesday, eclipsing American qualifier Wayne Odesnik 6-2, 6-1. Ferrer won 70 per cent of points on his second serve and has lost just 11 points on his second serve in his opening two matches.

The 30-year-old Ferrer, one of six Spaniards (Nadal, Robredo, Almagro, Andujar, and Gimeno-Traver) to reach the second round, next faces Italian Paolo Lorenzi, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Pablo Andujar.

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Last year Ferrer set himself up for a career-best season by winning the Buenos Aires and Acapulco titles for the loss of just one set. He went on to win an ATP World Tour-best seven titles (in eight finals) and 76 match wins.

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Two weeks ago in Sao Paulo, Martin Alund extended Rafael Nadal to three sets. On Wednesday it was a different story. Nadal, the 2005 titlist, swept past the Argentinean qualifier 6-0, 6-4, winning 26 of his 33 first service points for victory in 77 minutes.

Nadal, who will next meet Leonardo Mayer in the quarter-finals, is attempting to capture his 38th clay-court title. He has gotten off to a 9-1 start in his comeback from a left knee injury, which kept him out of action for seven months. 

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Third seed and two-time former champion Nicolas Almagro extended his perfect 5-0 record against fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-6(4) in the final match of the day, but was forced to save three of five break points for victory in one hour and 52 minutes. On Tuesday, Almagro became the 20th active player to reach the 300 match wins milestone.

Eighth seed Horacio Zeballos, who stunned Nadal in the VTR Open final in the first week of the 'Golden Swing', advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Gimeno-Traver after saving two of the three break points he faced.

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