Injured Rafael Nadal draws inspiration from Ronaldo

With Brazilian football great Ronaldo in attendance, Nadal won the Brazil Open on Sunday, to cap a successful comeback following a seven-month layoff with a knee injury.

updated: February 18, 2013 23:19 IST
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Sao Paulo: Rafael Nadal is drawing inspiration from Brazilian football great Ronaldo to continue his successful return from injury.

With Ronaldo watching, Nadal took an important step on Sunday by winning the Brazil Open for his first title after a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee. Now he wants to repeat the Brazilian's successful story of recovery from much more serious injuries.

Nadal said Ronaldo is "an example" to be followed because of his determination to rebound from a series of knee injuries that threatened his career.

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