Nadal hopes to build momentum after Brazil triumph

He returned to play the Chile Open last week, losing to world No.73 Horacio Zeballos in the final.

updated: February 18, 2013 15:20 IST
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Sao Paulo: Former world No.1 Rafael Nadal clinched his first tournament victory since returning from a seven-month layoff by defeating Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Brazil Open and hoped that this would be a start of "something good".

It was the Spaniard's second Brazil Open triumph, having won the tournament as an 18-year-old in 2005, reports Xinhua.

Despite its relatively modest status as an ATP 250 event, Nadal pumped his fist in the air in jubilation upon securing his 51st singles title at the Ibirapuera arena Sunday.

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