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Nadal returns with a victory

Vina Del Mar, Feb 6, 2013, Reuters: 22:06 IST

Spaniard teams up with Monaco to march into doubles second round

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal hits a return during an ATP Vina del Mar tournament doubles match with Argentine Juan Monaco (not in frame), against Czech Republic's Frantisek Cermank and Lukas Dlouhy, in Vina del Mar, about 120 km northwest of Santiago, on February 5 , 2013. AFP PHOTO
Rafael Nadal made a successful comeback after a seven-month injury absence with victory in the first round of the Chilean Open doubles on Tuesday.

The former world number one and Argentine partner Juan Monaco overpowered second-seeded Czechs Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3, 6-2 in 65 minutes at the Pacific coastal city of Vina del Mar.

Spanish left-hander Nadal had been out with a knee problem since losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon in June.

"It's a good feeling to be back. We'll see how the knee reacts," Nadal told a news conference.

"The moment and the surfaces were the right ones and playing for the first time in this country was a great opportunity.

"Playing doubles is less aggressive, so we'll see how things go tomorrow in singles," he added after he and Monaco had taken advantage of four of their seven chances to break the Czechs' service.

The 26-year-old's planned return at the end of last year was delayed due to illness but he will compete on his favourite clay surface at three Latin American events this month.

On Wednesday, Nadal plays a second-round singles match against Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis.

After the Chile tournament he will compete at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo next week and the Mexico Open in Acapulco from Feb 25.

Somdev progresses

A resilient Somdev Devvarman saved a match point before wearing out German Michael Berrer in the opening round of the ATP Zagreb Indoor event, reports PTI from Zagreb, Croatia.

The Indian overcame a poor start as he was bageled in the first set but eventually won 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 4-1 when his German rival, world number 125, retired due to fatigue.
Somdev next plays fourth seed and world number 29 Austrian Jurgen.

Results (Chilean Open, first round, prefix denotes seeding): Albert Montanes (Spa) bt Nicolas Massu (Chi) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4; Horacio Zeballos (Arg) bt Diego Schwartzman (Arg) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2; Federico Delbonis (Arg) bt Guido Pella (Arg) 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(1); Tommy Robredo (Spa) bt Pere Riba (Spa) 6-2, 6-2; 8-Carlos Berlocq (Arg) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (Rus) 6-2, 6-1; Guillaume Rufin (Fra) bt Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Spa) 6-3, 6-4; Christian Garin (Chi) bt Dusan Lajovic (Srb) 6-3, 6-4.

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