Rafael Nadal needed just over an hour to beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Mexican Open. The seven-time French Open winner is making a comeback after being away from the tour for more than seven months with a left-knee injury.
Nadal made the final of the VTR Open earlier this month in Chile before losing to Argentine Horacio Zeballos and won the Brazil Open a week later. He is seeded No. 2 in the clay court tournament at Mexico,behind fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. Ferrer also won his first-round match on Tuesday,defeating Antonio Veic 6-0 6-3. Ferrer is the three-time defending champion and won last week in Buenos Aires,his second title of the season. No. 3 seed Nicolas Almagro defeated Cesar Ramirez of Mexico 6-0 6-1.
Nadal rested last week,giving his left knee a chance to heal. He has said the knee still hurts and he has been told he has to live with it until the pain slowly goes away. No. 4th seed Stanislas Wawrinka was upset by Fabio Fognini 6-2 7-6 (3).
FeDERER HAS IT EASY
DUBAI: Defending champion Roger Federer eased into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Marcel Granollers of Spain.
The second-ranked Federer was joined by Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych who also won in straight sets. Berdych saved 12 of 14 break points to beat Tobias Kamke of Germany 7-5,6-1,and Del Potro defeated Somdev Devvarman 6-4 6-4 before hitting a few balls with Argentina football great Diego Maradona.
While Somdev did fire five aces compared to his rivals couple,Del Potro proved to superior as he won the big points with ease and broke him once in each set to win in over an hour.
Rohan Bopanna and his American partner Rajeev Ram reached the quarters with a win over second seeds Aisam Qureshi and Jean Julien Roger 6-4 6-4.
Meanwhile,top-seeded John Isner got past feisty Jesse Levine 7-6 (3) 5-7 6-4 to advance to the second round at the Delray Beach Championships . Second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany advanced to the second round when Igor Sijsling retired with an injured left ankle. Later,fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan became the third player to retire from a first-round match,when he pulled out in the first set against 150th-ranked Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.