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Nadal wins doubles match on Chilean comeback

Published on Feb 6, 2013 9:48 AM

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (REUTERS) - Rafa 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.

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