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Tennis: Nadal wins in singles debut at Brazil Open

Published on Feb 15, 2013 4:48 PM
 
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Joao Souza of Brazil during his men's singles match at the Brazil Open tennis tournament in Sao Paulo on Thursday, Feb 14, 2013. Nadal scored an easy two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Spain's Rafael Nadal scored an easy two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open late Thursday.

The former world No. 5 needed only 78 minutes to prevail over Brazilian Joao Souza, ranked 101st in the world 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals which will be played Friday.

"It was an important victory for me," Nadal said. "the conditions are very difficult. The court is very fast, the ball too."

 
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