Acapulco: Rafael Nadal needed just over an hour to beat Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the Mexican Open.
The seven-time French Open winner is making a comeback after being away from the tour for more than seven months with a left-knee injury. Nadal made the final of the VTR Open earlier this month in Chile before losing to Argentine Horacio Zeballos. A week later he reached the final of the Brazil Open and defeated David Nalbandian to secure the title. He is seeded No. 2 in the clay court tournament at Mexico, behind fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.
Ferrer also won his first-round match on Tuesday, defeating Antonio Veic 6-0, 6-3. Ferrer is the three-time defending champion and won last week in Buenos Aires, his second title of the season.
Nicolas Almagro of Spain, the third seed, defeated Cesar Ramirez of Mexico 6-0, 6-1. Fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka was upset by Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6 (3). (Agencies)