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Nadal, Ferrer cruise through in Acapulco

27 February 2013 06:54

Rafael Nadal eased into the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel on Tuesday where he was joined by defending champion David Ferrer.

Nadal, seeded second for the joint ATP/WTA event in Acapulco, defeated Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2 6-2 in one hour and nine minutes, as he seeks to add to his 2005 title on the clay of the Fairmont Acapulco Princess.

Nadal's fellow Spaniard Ferrer, who has won the last three men's singles titles in Mexico, got his tournament defence off the mark with a 6-0 6-3 win over Croatian lucky loser Antonio Veic.

It was a day of Spanish dominance, as Tommy Robredo saw off Italian Filippo Volandri 6-2 2-6 6-4, and Daniel Gimeno-Traver ousted Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-2.

They were joined in the second round by third seed Nicolas Almagro, who smashed Mexican wildcard Cesar Ramirez 6-0 6-1 in just 51 minutes.

Almagro won the event in 2008 and 2009, and also lost to Ferrer in the 2011 final.

In other first-round matches, Swiss fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka overcame Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

Two men's seeds did fall at the first hurdle, Russian Andrey Kuznetsov coming from a set down to beat Brazilian sixth seed Thomaz Bellucci 4-6 6-4 6-4.

And Italian Paolo Lorenzi sprung a minor surprise, defeating French seventh seed Benoit Paire 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Argentine Horacio Zeballos had no such problems, the eighth seed beating Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-5 6-1.

American qualifier Wayne Odesnik extended his participation in the event, winning 6-3 6-4 against Poland's Lukasz Kubot, while Argentine former world number three David Nalbandian fell 6-4 0-6 4-6 to Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

In the women's event, top seed and reigning champion Sara Errani of Italy opened her campaign with a 6-3 6-2 win over Romanian Alexandra Cadantu, and second-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro also had a comfortable win, beating Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson 6-1 6-0 in just on an hour.

French third seed Alize Cornet downed Colombian qualifier Catalina Castano 6-1 2-6 6-3, while sixth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy also defeated a qualifier in three sets, beating American Grace Min 6-4 4-6 6-2.

In other matches, Swiss eighth seed Romina Oprandi needed three sets to get past American Alexa Glatch 6-4 2-6 7-5.

Canadian qualifier Eugenie Bouchard downed Czech Eva Birnerova, and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain saw off Russian Alexandra Panova, both wins in straight sets.

Other winners were Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Julia Cohen and Karin Knapp.

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