Found February 06, 2013 on Tennis Panorama :
(February 6, 2013) It’s been 222 days since Rafael Nadal was last on a tennis court playing singles, sidelined by a knee injury. The former No. 1 in the world made his return to singles on Wednesday on the clay courts of Vina del Mar Chile at the VTR Open. Nadal first returned to the court on Tuesday winning a doubles match with Juan Monaco. He opened his singles return with a 6-3, 6-2 victory Argentine Federico Delbonis. The Spaniard began the first set slowly, falling behind 0-2 but captured 6 out of the next seven games to capture the first set. “The beginning was tough and Federico played at a very high level,” Nadal told media “I ran a lot and I’m happy because the knee held up well.” After the first set Nadal was in complete control in front of the sellout crowd of 4500 in his debut in Chile. “I’m interested in spending as much time as I can on court and a win allows me to play again on Friday,” said Nadal Nadal is playing the “Latin American” Golden Swing on clay courts this month, participating in tournaments in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Acapulco, Mexico. “If one day it (the knee) is worse, and one can’t compete at 100 percent, then it can’t be done,” he said. Nadal will next play doubles on Thursday with Monaco versus Guillaume Rufin and Flippo Volandri. He’ll play singles on Friday the winner of the Albert Montanes versus Daniel Gimeno-Traver match in the quarterfinals on Friday. It’s been 222 days since Rafael Nadal was last on a tennis court playing singles, sidelined by a knee injury. The former No. 1 in the world made his return to singles on Wednesday on the clay courts of Vina del Mar Chile at the VTR Open. Nadal first returned to the court on Tuesday winning a doubles match with Juan Monaco. He opened his singles return with a 6-3, 6-2 victory Argentine Federico Delbonis. The Spaniard began the first set slowly, falling behind 0-2 but captured 6 out of the next seven games to capture the first set. “The beginning was tough and Federico played at a very high level,” Nadal told media “I ran a lot and I’m happy because the knee held up well.” After the first set Nadal was in complete control in front of the sellout crowd of 4500 in his debut in Chile. “I’m interested in spending as much time as I can on court and a win allows me to play again on Friday,” said Nadal Nadal is playing the “Latin American” Golden Swing on clay courts this month, participating in tournaments in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Acapulco, Mexico. “If one day it (the knee) is worse, and one can’t compete at 100 percent, then it can’t be done,” he said. Nadal will next play doubles on Thursday with Monaco versus Guillaume Rufin and Flippo Volandri. He’ll play singles on Friday the winner of the Albert Montanes versus Daniel Gimeno-Traver match in the quarterfinals on Friday. Nadal told the Associated Press: “Roland Garros is a very important event, but I never think about it until I get there. It doesn’t matter if I arrive ranked No. 15, 20, 30 or 40. All that matters is I can play like I did before and my physical condition is 100 percent. My object is to be able to compete at the highest level as soon as possible.”
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Nadal beats Delbonis in first singles in 7 months

Rafael Nadal defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday in the second round of the VTR Open, his first singles match since losing in Wimbledon more than seven months ago. Nadal won in doubles on Tuesday with partner Juan Monaco, but the singles debut was a bigger test for the Spaniard and his injured left knee, which kept him away from the competitive game since...

Nadal reaches semifinals in Chile

Rafael Nadal won his first of two matches Friday in a test of his sore left knee, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the VTR Open. Nadal had not played for seven months until he took the court earlier this week in the Pacific coastal resort city. With a doubles match set for later Friday, Nadal will have played five matches in four...

Nadal makes winning return after 7 months out

Rafael Nadal wants to stop talking about the inflamed left knee that kept him away from the ATP Tour for just over seven months until his doubles victory Tuesday with Juan Monaco at a little-known clay court tournament in Chile. Nadal, whose knee problem has lingered despite on-going therapy, had not played since June 28 when he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by qualifier...

Nadal loses to Zeballos in Chile final

Rafael Nadal lost the singles and doubles finals at the VTR Open on Sunday in a disappointing finish to his comeback tournament after being sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury. Nadal was beaten by Argentina's Horacio Zeballos in three sets in the singles final. Then Nadal and partner Juan Monaco lost 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles championship against the Italian pair...

Rafael Nadal! On a tennis court! Again!

Happy much? Why, yes, yes I am. So is he and the other he, as he should be. Rafael Nadal's hand, head, abs, infamous ass-ets and that wonky left knee all returned to action today in Vina del Mar, Chile. He paired up with Juan Monaco to win his first match in over 7 months, albeit in doubles, over Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 6-2 in the VTR Open clay-court tournament...

Nadal reaches doubles semifinals in Chile

Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco reached the semifinals of the doubles tournament at the VTR Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over Guillaume Ruffin and Filippo Volandri. It was Nadal's third match in three days after being away from the tour for just over seven months with an inflamed left ankle and a stomach virus. Nadal faces fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in...

Nadal Back on the Court After Seven Month Hiatus

Rafael Nadal (February 5, 2013) Rafael Nadal is back on court after a more than seven month absence. The World No. 5 paired up with Juan Monaco to win a doubles match 6-3, 6-2 over Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy at the Vina del Mar clay court event in Chile. Nadal was sidelined due to a knee injury since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon last summer. The Spaniard...

Rafa Nadal Makes Winning Return after 7 Month Absense

Rafael Nadal won his first match on Tuesday after being away for more than seven months nursing an inflamed left knee. The former No. 1-ranked Nadal partnered Juan Monaco to defeat the Czech pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 6-2 in the VTR clay-court tournament in this Pacific coastal resort city. Nadal, whose knee problem has lingered despite on-going therapy, had not...

Tennis Channel Adds Live Coverage of Nadal’s Singles Return On Wednesday

(February 5, 2013) LOS ANGELES – Tennis Channel has added former No. 1 Rafael Nadal’s first singles match in seven months to its live Wednesday lineup. The contest will take place at 4 p.m. ET at the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile, and mark the singles return of one of the most popular stars on the ATP World Tour after a prolonged knee-injury absence. Nadal, who has won 11 major...

Nadal and Monaco Reach Doubles Semifinal in Vina del Mar

  (February 7, 2013) Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco are in the doubles semifinals at the VTR Open after a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Guillaume Ruffin and Filippo Volandri on Thursday. Nadal has played three straight days since returning to the ATP World Tour after a seven month injury hiatus. Nadal plays singles on Friday versus Daniel Gimeno-Traver. “He is worrying about his knees...

The Patience of Being a Rafael Nadal Fan

Rafael Nadal returns in Vina del Mar By Tom Nash, Special for Tennis Grandstand On the clay courts of Vina del Mar in Chile, Rafael will reacquaint himself with the world. His absence from tennis has been enforced due to injury for 222 days, and the comeback has been long, delayed and agonising. There is trepidation, of course there is. Even the most disinterested people would rightly...

Rafa returns and we're tickled...purple.

So we did get to see Rafa's AO kit on our guy, just not in Oz. Rafael Nadal wore his designed-for-Australia tennis fashion for his return to the court yesterday at the ATP Vina del Mar in Chile. Pictured is the Nike Spring premier Rafa crew in atomic purple, $70...sigh...sooo gorgeous. His shorts are the Premier 8" Woven short in squadron blue, $85 and shoes, the Air Max...

Rafael Nadal Happy and in Charge — The Friday Five

By Maud Watson Happy Returns Rafael Nadal’s comeback officially commenced earlier this week in Chile, and it’s already been a success with the Spaniard winning both his opening doubles and single matches by identical score lines of 6-3 and 6-2. There were a few anxious moments at the start of his singles match. Nadal had to shake off rust and nerves to bounce back after falling...

Coaches’ Corner: Hit Topspin Like You Mean It

The Ivan Lendl IJTA, one of the world’s premiere tennis academies, has taken up residence in our “Coaches’ Corner” series to dish out instructional tips and on court analyses straight from the Academy’s top coaches and directors. By David Lewis, Director of Instruction at Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy Topspin is defined as the rotation of a ball rolling...

Sony Open Announces Entry Lists

The ATP and WTA entry lists for the 2013 Sony Open were announced. Click Here to View Full Lists The 2013 Sony Open will be played March 18-31 at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Qualifying rounds will be played March 18-19 and will determine 12 more slots in each singles draw. The tournament will also award wildcards to five men and eight women. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March...
Tennis News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.