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Rafael Nadal in Mexico Open quarterfinal

Rafael Nadal’s return from injury gathered pace on Wednesday as the former world No. 1 downed 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 earlier downed American Wayne Odesnik 6-2, 6-1 to book his place in 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 before losing to Horacio Zeballos and then beat David Nalbandian to win Brazil Open title.     


FEDEX EYES DJOKER FACE-OFF

Roger Federer dismissed Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-4 in the Dubai Championships on Wednesday to book a quarterfinal meeting with Nikolay Davydenko. The 17-time Grand Slam champion has an 18-2 winning record against the Russian veteran and could be forgiven for already eyeing a potential showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s final.  ‘I thought I was sharp, I knew what I wanted to do and I was able to do it,’ the world number two said in a courtside interview.
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