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Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer 6-0 6-2 in Mexican Open final

Nadal crushes Ferrer to claim Mexican Open title… and he's raring to go for Indian Wells!

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

12:32 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:44 GMT, 3 March 2013

A dominant Rafa Nadal dismantled fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-0 6-2 on Saturday to win his second Mexican Open title and continue his successful comeback from a long injury lay-off.

Nadal, ranked fifth in the world, needed just over an hour to dispatch top seed Ferrer and was delighted with his form.

'For me, I played almost perfectly,' said Nadal following the match. 'My knee responded well all week.'

King of clay: Rafael Nadal collects his trophy wearing a sombrero in Acapulco

King of clay: Rafael Nadal collects his trophy wearing a sombrero in Acapulco

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Moving on: The Spaniard will play in the Indian Wells Masters tournament next week

Nadal also confirmed he would play in next week's Indian Wells hard-court tournament, despite speculation he might skip the event to spare his knee.

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

Nadal had been sidelined for more than seven months due to a partially torn tendon in his knee. He made his return early last month at the Chilean Open, losing in the final to Argentine Horacio Zeballos. A week later he claimed the Brazil Open title.

Easy: Nadal dropped just two games and was on court for little more than an hour against David Ferrer

Easy: Nadal dropped just two games and was on court for little more than an hour against David Ferrer

Easy: Nadal dropped just two games and was on court for little more than an hour against Ferrer

The former world number one charged out of the blocks and won the first eight games against three-time defending champion Ferrer, who saw his 19-match winning streak at the clay-court event come to an end.

'Rafa was just better than me today,' said Ferrer.

World No 4 Ferrer waited 44 minutes to win his first game of the final, the crowd erupting in applause as he put away a service winner to trail 2-1 in the second set.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Success: Nadal added the Mexican title to his triumph in Brazil and final in Chile since his return from injury

Crushed: Ferrer admitted his compatriot was the better man on the day

Crushed: Ferrer admitted his compatriot was the better man on the day

With Ferrer serving down 3-1, an extended rally in which both players scrambled back and forth from the net ended with a top-spin lob winner by Nadal, bringing the crowd to its feet and the score to 30-30.

Second seed Nadal, the 2005 Mexican Open champion, won the next two points to go up two breaks in the set and virtually put the match away.

Chelsea"s opponents Monterrey aim to make history against European champions

Chelsea warned not to expect an easy ride as Monterrey bid to make history and beat European champions on way to world title

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 12 December 2012

Chelsea will expect to brush aside the Mexicans of Monterrey but they will be aware this football-obsessed nation of 114 million is finally stirring from beneath its sombrero.

Mexico dazzled briefly in the last World Cup – as they often do – before losing to Argentina and a year later were crowned world U17 champions.

Also in 2011, they were beaten by Brazil in semi-finals of the U20 World Cup and the senior team won the CONCACAF Gold Cup, all capped by the Olympic gold in London, in August, when their U23 team beat a strong Brazilian team including Neymar and Chelsea’s Oscar.

At full stretch: The Chelsea players including Gary Cahill stop to warm up while on a walk around Yokohama

At full stretch: The Chelsea players including Gary Cahill stop to warm up while on a walk around Yokohama

Out and about: The Chelsea players prepare for their game with CF Monterrey

Out and about: The Chelsea players prepare for their game with CF Monterrey

In their stride: Chelsea team walk around Yokohama

In their stride: Chelsea team walk around Yokohama

'Mexico is growing, doing well and getting better,' said Monterrey coach Victor Vucetich. 'In international tournaments, we’re doing well. The Under 17s too and in the CONCACAF, including Monterrey.

So Mexican football is doing well and this is a good opportunity to demonstrate that.' The team which started the Olympic final at Wembley all play in Mexico and included two of Monterrey’s promising defenders – Hiram Mier and Darvin Chavez – both 23 years old and attracting attention from European scouts.

'Outside Mexico we’ve been able to play a high level of football and that’s because of the confidence we gained in London,' said centre-half Mier. 'In this tournament, the matches and the opponents are tough but we want to fulfil our responsibilities and do our best.'

Talking a good game: Chelsea's Marko Marin, Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres during a team walk around Yokohama

Talking a good game: Chelsea's Marko Marin, Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres during a team walk around Yokohama

Taking it easy: Rafael Benitez and Paco De Miguel and the rest of Chelsea's coaching team take a stroll

Taking it easy: Rafael Benitez and Paco De Miguel and the rest of Chelsea's coaching team take a stroll

Taking in the sights: Chelsea's Gary Cahill looks at the scenery

Taking in the sights: Chelsea's Gary Cahill looks at the scenery

Monterrey may be off the pace in their domestic league but internationally they are strong and have already improved on last year’s achievements in this competition, when they were beaten in the first round by Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol.

This year, they have prepared differently, arranging strong warm-up friendlies and travelling to Japan sooner in order to adjust to the 15-hour time difference. They beat Asian champions Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea to set up Thursday's date with Chelsea.

Vucetich admits it will be the biggest game of his long and successful coaching career and is seeking to emulate Necaxa, the Mexican team who held Manchester United to a draw in the Club World Cup in 2000.

Pitch perfect: Mexico's CF Monterrey players get ready for the Chelsea game

Pitch perfect: Mexico's CF Monterrey players get ready for the Chelsea game

Mastermind: Monterrey head coach Victor Vucetich aims to topple Chelsea

Mastermind: Monterrey head coach Victor Vucetich aims to topple Chelsea

'We want to make history,' said Vucetich. 'I remember that game in Rio. I know our rivals very well but we believe in our own strengths. I believe we can win and we will try our best.

'We come here wanting to be champions. That’s our biggest goal. We have cleared the first step and we’re at stage two, the semi-finals of the tournament.

'We’re up against the European champions. Compared to the last match, we are highly motivated.'

Rafa Benitez has been warned of the North and Central American champions, riding their Mexican wave of confidence.

Jenson Button welcomes Sergio Perez to McLaren

Button presses claim for more titles as he welcomes new boy Perez to McLaren ranks

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 5 October 2012

Having taken on and beaten Lewis Hamilton last season, Jenson Button has already turned his attention to the challenge he will face from new boy Sergio Perez at McLaren.

'It made me smile because I love margaritas and sombreros,' quipped Button regarding the arrival of his Mexican team-mate for next season.

'There's a good picture of me somewhere wearing a sombrero and not much else!'

Main man: Jenson Button wants to push for more titles since the departure of Lewis Hamilton

Main man: Jenson Button wants to push for more titles since the departure of Lewis Hamilton

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix – his chances of a second successive victory dented by a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change – Button is clearly anticipating some knockabout fun with Perez and hopefully more success after finishing ahead of Hamilton in last year's drivers' championship.

'For the amount of time I have spent with Sergio, he seems a funny guy and I like his attitude,' said Button.

Equally, however, Button is aware that making sure he is not eclipsed by the new arrival from Sauber is no laughing matter.

Being beaten by a world champion in the shape of Hamilton is one thing, losing out to a 22-year-old with only two years' experience is quite another.

'I think he is quick, intelligent and willing to learn,' said Button. 'Having just one experienced person in the team changes things but that is something I love. It is fun racing with new team-mates.

'He is inexperienced compared with Lewis and it will be his first year, but he will still be quick, I think.

'There should be more consistency in the following year but I will definitely be the person McLaren turn to if they want a world champion next year.'

I'm off: Hamilton left McLaren to join Mercedes

I'm off: Hamilton left McLaren to join Mercedes

Focus: Button is committed to taking the title again with McLaren

Focus: Button is committed to taking the title again with McLaren

Perez is likely to have his own thoughts on that while McLaren have vowed that their new driver pairing will enjoy equal status.

There is no doubt, however, that the greater responsibility to deliver race wins rests on Button's shoulders following Hamilton's switch to Mercedes.

It is a decision Button respects; after all, Mercedes were born out of Brawn with whom he won his title in 2009. Even so, he finds Hamilton's choice difficult to fathom.

'I am surprised he is leaving but we all have different things we want to achieve,' said Button.

'For Lewis, I think he feels he needs a new challenge and, fair enough, that is his choice.

'But for me, being at McLaren for three seasons, and nowhere near retiring or stopping racing for this team, puts a smile on my face.

'I love racing in Formula One and I am with a team that can fight for wins, unlike most others on the grid.

New kid on the block: Sergio Perez will leave Sauber to join Button at McLaren

New kid on the block: Sergio Perez will leave Sauber to join Button at McLaren

'I came in here not really knowing what to expect, coming to a brand new team after seven years racing for one team.

'I really had to find my feet again after being so long with one team.

'But I feel very at home here and I can't see me racing anywhere else in my career.

'I am looking to challenge everyone next year – not just Lewis.

'You always want to beat your team-mate, it is one of the most important goals for a Formula One driver. If you are alongside your team-mate going into turn one, you don't back out, you still give it your all.'

Now that Button feels he is the main man at McLaren he clearly has no intention of losing that hard-earned status to Perez, on or off the track.

Welcome aboard Sergio. You have been warned.

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