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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 the singles quarterfinals on Friday.
The former No. 1-ranked Nadal moved easily around the court, showing no signs his left knee was bothering him.
''He is worrying about his knees, he's worried about his health. He's worried about getting back to a good competitive level,'' his spokesman Benito Perez-Barbadillo said.
''He's not worried in a negative way,'' he added. ''What he cares about is to be healthy and be ready to be competitive at every level he plays and to be at the same level as he was playing before.''
Nadal came to Chile wanting to get playing time as he tries to catch up to his top rivals Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic again. If he keeps winning in singles and doubles he will be playing two matches a day this weekend.
Nadal won his last of eight doubles titles last year with Mark Lopez in Indian Wells. He has won 50 titles in singles.
Nadal is being treated like a rock star in Chile, where he had never played until this week.
''I feel like just another Chilean,'' he said Wednesday. The quote showed up in the headlines of several Chilean newspapers on Thursday.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
(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...
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...
Rafael Nadal says testing for performance-enhancing drugs in sport should strike a balance between catching the cheats and respecting the athletes.
''Not everyone has to pay for some sinners,'' Nadal said Friday at the VTR Open in Chile.
Nadal said earlier this week that he had passed six blood and urine tests since losing June 28 at Wimbledon. He took seven months...
(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...
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...
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...
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...
By Maud Watson
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...
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The ATP and WTA entry lists for the 2013 Sony Open were announced.
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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...