Tennis: Nadal reaches quarter-finals of Mexico Open

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - 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 quarter-finals.

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 in Chile before losing to Argentine Horacio Zeballos and a week later beat David Nalbandian to claim the Brazil Open title.