Rafael Nadal wins Round 1 of Brazil Open doubles

Nadal had lost the singles and doubles finals of VTR Open on Sunday at his comeback event in Vina del Mar, Chile following a seven-month knee injury absence.

updated: February 13, 2013 09:23 IST
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Sao Paulo: Spain's Rafael Nadal teammed up with Argentina's David Nalbandian to post a three-set doubles victory in the Brazil Open in Sao Paolo on Tuesday.

The world number five, back on court after his defeat in the Vina del Mar Open in Chile Sunday, and Nalbandian won 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 in just 79 minutes over fellow Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first- round of the ATP Tour clay court event.

The match started two hours behind schedule and Nadal, wearing a white knee brace, was greeted with thunderous applause when he appeared on the court in the 9,300-seat Ibirapuera gymnasium.

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