Rafael Nadal denied title in comeback tournament

Nadal was back in action this week for the first time since a surprise second-round exit at Wimbledon in June.

updated: February 11, 2013 09:28 IST
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Vina del Mar, Chile: Horacio Zeballos denied Rafael Nadal a fairytale finish to his comeback tournament on Sunday, rallying to hand the Spaniard a rare clay court defeat in the $410,200 ATP event here.

Zeballos, ranked 73rd in the world and playing in just his second ATP Tour final, rallied to beat the former world number one 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-4.

He became just the third player -- along with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer -- to beat Nadal in a clay court final, quite an achievement for the Argentinian despite the fact that Nadal was playing his first tournament in seven months.

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