Skip to main content

Nadal ready for Indian Wells

updated 5:23 PM EST, Sun March 3, 2013
Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer to win the Mexican Open
Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer to win the Mexican Open
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Rafael Nadal ready for Indian Wells next week
  • Spaniard warmed up by winning Mexican Open
  • Nadal defeated David Ferrer 6-0 6-2 to claim title
  • Karolina Pliskova wins maiden WTA title

(CNN) -- Rafael Nadal warmed up for next week's Indian Wells hard-court tournament by thrashing David Ferrer in the final of the Mexican Open at Acapulco Sunday.

The former World No.1 claimed his 52nd ATP title, his 38th on clay, by seeing off his fellow Spaniard 6-0 6-2.

Since his return from a seven month absence with a knee injury in February, Nadal has won 12 of his 13 matches, coming second in Vina del Mar, Chile, before winning at Sao Paulo last month.

Djokovic claims fourth Dubai crown

"I have had some difficult months, especially during my time away from tennis," the 11-time grand slam winner told reporters.

Federer: Do more drug testing
Rising star inspired by Sampras
Diego Maradona, the man who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, showed off ball skills of a different kind as he enjoyed a few rallies with fellow countryman Juan Martin del Potro at the Dubai Open Wednesday. Diego Maradona, the man who led Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986, showed off ball skills of a different kind as he enjoyed a few rallies with fellow countryman Juan Martin del Potro at the Dubai Open Wednesday.
Holding court
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
>
>>
When Diego met del Potro When Diego met del Potro

"But I take with me fond memories of returning to Acapulco. I feel good being back on court.

"I have to thank my family and everyone involved in my rehabilitation. It has been a difficult time over the last few months.

"My heart tells me I should continue competing, that I need to move on to the next tournament."

Federer: 'Naive to think tennis is clean'

Nadal required just 65 minutes to defeat Ferrer, winning 81% of his first serve points, while saving both of the break points he faced.

"I am sorry about this result but I know Ferrer will be back and I consider him one of the great players of today," added the World No. 5.

Is the NFL killing American tennis?

Nadal dominated from the start of the contest, taking the first eight games and breaking Ferrer on five occasions.

"I want to congratulate Rafa. He is not an easy player to beat," Ferrer told reporters. "If I have to lose, I am happy to lose to Rafa."

In the women's final, Italian top seed Sara Errani breezed past second seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-0 6-4.

In Malaysia, Karolina Pliskova won her first WTA singles crown after defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 1-6 7-5 6-3 at Kuala Lumpur.

Elsewhere, Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis won his third career ATP title by defeating France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 6-3 at the Delray Beach International Championships.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 8:52 AM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
As a player he was as fiery as his hair -- and as Novak Djokovic's coach, Boris Becker says he has to battle to keep his emotions in check.
updated 7:02 AM EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
Tennis great Boris Becker says he was stunned by the level of criticism he received after being appointed as Novak Djokovic's coach.
updated 7:01 AM EDT, Fri July 25, 2014
"I didn't cry once when I practiced in front of the mirror," says Martin Emmrich. But the nerves kicked in when he got down on one knee on court.
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Mon June 30, 2014
When Agnieszka Radwanska refused to look her opponent in the eye after losing at Wimbledon, it raised more than eyebrows.
updated 9:14 PM EDT, Sun June 22, 2014
It's 10 years since a teenage Maria Sharapova became the darling of Wimbledon's hallowed Center Court, launching herself as a star.
Rafael Nadal is still the "King of Clay" -- but his crown has slipped a bit, says CNN's Will Edmonds.
updated 3:46 AM EDT, Fri May 23, 2014
He's regularly voted France's favorite famous person, but many of the nation's youth have "no idea" about his glorious sporting past
updated 7:59 PM EDT, Mon May 5, 2014
British tennis player Elena Baltacha won 11 ITF Pro Circuit titles during her 16-year playing career.
The Ukrainian-born, British tennis star loses fight against liver cancer, just a few weeks after revealing that she was battling the disease.
updated 11:55 AM EDT, Tue April 29, 2014
Five-time grand slam champion Martina Hingis has followed her mom into a coaching role, setting up a new tennis academy in Barcelona, Spain.
updated 8:38 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
Suisse's Belinda Bencic returns the ball to France's Alize Cornet during the second match of the Fed Cup first round tennis tie France vs Switzerland on February 8, 2014 at the Pierre de Coubertin stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
It's no easy matter becoming a world class tennis player. It's even harder when everyone (really -- everyone) is calling you the "new Martina Hingis."
updated 10:20 AM EDT, Wed April 2, 2014
At the 2009 Australian Open, French men's tennis was the talk of the town.
updated 2:00 PM EDT, Tue April 15, 2014
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 14: Rafael Nadal of Spain sails a boat during day two of the ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Tennis at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 14, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal may be most at home on a clay tennis court, but he has always found comfort on the sea.
ADVERTISEMENT