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Nadal sweeps past Alund in Mexico
Rafael Nadal chalked up another win on his comeback by brushing aside Martin Alund in straight sets to reach the third round of the Mexico Open.
A fortnight ago, Alund took Nadal to three sets but it was a hugely different story on this occasion as the former world No. 1 claimed a 6-0 6-4 win.
Nadal, who is still mulling over whether to play on the US hard courts this spring, was in sizzling form throughout. He broke to love in the opening game, sealing the break with a crisp backhand volley.
The Spaniard won 26 of his 33 first service points, working Alund around the court in a show of dominance.
The second set was a more even affair, with Nadal forced to save three break points in the fourth game - even serving and volleying at one stage - as he wrapped up victory in 77 minutes.
Up next for Nadal is a meeting with Leonardo Mayer in the quarter-finals.
Nadal's biggest challenge is likely to come from top seed and three-time defending champion David Ferrer who powered into the last eight with a 6-2 6-1 win over Wayne Odesnik.
Paolo Lorenzi is up next for Ferrer following his 6-4 6-3 win over Pablo Andujar. Nicolas Almagro and Horacio Zeballos also progressed in Acapulco.