Rafael Nadal advances to singles semis in comeback event

Nadal, who turns 27 in June, plans to compete in claycourt events in Brazil and Mexico before playing ATP Masters hardcourt events at Indian Wells and Miami and then heading to Europe for clay events in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome ahead of the French Open.

updated: February 09, 2013 18:30 IST
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Vina del Mar, Chile: Rafael Nadal, playing his first event after a seven-month injury layoff, advanced to the semi-finals of the $410,200 Vina del Mar ATP claycourt tournament with a straight-sets win Friday.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion from Spain ousted seventh-seeded countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4.

Top seed Nadal will face French third seed Jeremy Chardy - who cruised past sixth seed Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-2, 6-3 -- for a place in the final.

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