Posted February 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
Rafael Nadal has reached both finals of the VTR Open in Chile, a perfect return to tournament tennis for the Spaniard after a seven-month layoff with a left-knee injury and a stomach virus. Nadal defeated Jeremy Chardy of France in Saturday's singles semifinal 6-2, 6-2. Nadal and Juan Monaco won their doubles semifinal on Friday, meaning Nadal is scheduled to play twice on Sunday. Nadal will face Argentine Horacio Zeballos in the singles final, and Nadal and Monaco play Italy's Paolo Lorenzi and Potito Starace in doubles. The former No. 1 has played six matches in five days and has not dropped a set. Nadal had few problems against Chardy, though he did double fault three times in one game in the first set. Nadal says he's still feeling pain in his left knee, but stresses his focus is not on the injury but the need to get sharper and quicker in the lead-up to the French Open. He's said it may be a few months before he knows if the non-surgical therapy will allow him to regain hi...
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