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Nadal reaches quarterfinals in Mexico

Thursday - 2/28/2013, 12:57am  ET

Spain´s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina´s Martin Alund during a Mexican Open tennis game in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Raphael Nadal took another step in his return from injury Wednesday as the former world No. 1 defeated Argentina's Martin Alund 6-0, 6-4 to reach the Mexican Open quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Nadal needed just 85 minutes to beat Alund at the clay court tournament and will next face another Argentine in Leonardo Mayer, who defeated Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-2 to advance.

Top-seeded David Ferrer beat American Wayne Odesnik 6-2, 6-1 to reach the final eight.

Nadal is making a comeback after being away from the tour for more than seven months with a left-knee injury. He made the final of the VTR Open earlier this month in Chile before losing to Argentine Horacio Zeballos. A week later he beat David Nalbandian to claim the Brazil Open title.


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