Rafael Nadal wins doubles debut at Brazil Open SPORTS,
Posted on Feb 13, 2013 at 08:41am IST
Sao Paulo: Rafael Nadal won his doubles opener on Tuesday at the Brazil Open, his second
tournament after a long injury layoff. Nadal teamed up with David Nalbandian of Argentina
to beat Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.
Earlier, fifth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci beat fellow-Brazilian Guilherme Clezar
7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (1) on Tuesday in the first round of the singles.
In other first-round matches at the clay-court event, Argentina's Guido Pella
topped sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-1, and eighth-seeded
Albert Ramos beat Spanish compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 7-5.
Nadal and Nalbandian saved a few match points and eventually closed out their match
in 1 hour, 19 minutes. Nadal played in Chile last week for the first time after a
seven-month absence with a left-knee injury, losing the singles and doubles final
at the VTR Open in Vina Del Mar. He played doubles in Chile with Juan Monaco.
Nadal's first singles match at Sao Paulo is on Thursday.
Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam winner, will play the Acapulco Open in Mexico
later this month.