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Ferrer advances to 2nd round in Mexican Open

Two-time defending champion David Ferrer of Spain defeated fan favorite Santiago Gonzalez 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Mexican Open.

The top-seeded Ferrer, trying to win his third title of the season, needed just over an hour to eliminate the Mexican player at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. The sixth-ranked Spaniard saved all five break points he faced and converted on four of his seven opportunities.

Ferrer won the Copa Claro last week in Argentina and a title at Auckland, New Zealand in January.