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Ferrer, Nadal stroll through in Mexico

28 February 2013 08:00

Spaniards David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal blasted their way into the quarter-finals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel on Wednesday.

Top seed Ferrer, the three-time defending champion at the ATP 500 tournament, sent American qualifier Wayne Odesnik packing 6-2 6-1.

The 30-year-old won seven ATP Tour titles last season and remains on track to add to his collection after strolling past Odesnik in one hour 18 minutes.

Ferrer was one of six Spaniards - alongside Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Pablo Andujar and Daniel Gimeno-Traver - to reach the second round.

Nadal, seeded second in Acapulco, continued his return from injury with a convincing 6-0 6-4 victory over Argentina's Martin Alund in 85 minutes.

The former world number one - who reached the final at the VTR Open in Chile earlier this month before beating David Nalbandian to win the Brasil Open title a week later - will now take on another Argentine, Leonardo Mayer, who eased past Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2 6-2.

Of the other Spaniards in action on Wednesday, only Almagro progressed to the quarters.

Third seed Almagro held off a spirited challenge from Robredo to win 6-4 7-6 (7-4) and set up a last-eight meeting with eighth seed Horacio Zeballos.

The Argentine, who beat Nadal in the final in Chile, went through with a 6-2 6-3 defeat of Gimeno-Traver, while Andujar fell 6-4 6-3 to Italian Paolo Lorenzi.

Other winners on Wednesday were Fabio Fognini, who needed three sets to get past Aljaz Bedene 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) and Colombian Santiago Giraldo, who edged past Portugal's Joao Sousa 7-6 (10-8) 7-5.

In the women's event, top-seeded Italian Sara Errani was tested early before overpowering Canadian qualifier Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets.

Errani, the reigning champion, needed one hour 50 minutes to beat Bouchard 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Second-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro cruised through to the last eight, defeating Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-1 6-2.

Third seed Alize Cornet of France trumped Spain's Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-4 6-4 but the news was not so good for fourth-seeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, who retired hurt in the second set of her clash with Silvia Soler-Espinosa when trailing 6-1 2-1.

Spain's Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor also retired in her match against seventh-seeded compatriot Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

Fifth seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands cruised past Spanish qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1 6-2 and sixth seed Francesca Schiavone ousted Kazakhstan's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-3 6-4.

Eighth seed Romina Oprandi from Switzerland was another casualty, falling 6-4 7-6 (7-2) to Italian world number 104 Karin Knapp.

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