Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 10/19/14
(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 ...

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