Rafael Nadal rolls into quarter-finals of Rio Open

Rafael Nadal wore elastic tape across his lower back during the 6-1 6-2 win over Albert Montanes and said the injury he suffered in losing the championship match at Melbourne to Stanislas Wawrinka still nags him.

updated: February 21, 2014 11:48 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: World number one Rafael Nadal breezed into the quarter-finals of the USD 1.3 million ATP Rio Open on Thursday but admitted afterwards that he was still feeling the effects of a back injury.

Nadal, in his first event since losing last month's Australian Open final, needed only 74 minutes to rout Spanish compatriot Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2 and book a date against Portugal's 48th-ranked Joao Sousa, who eliminated 87th-rated Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-3.

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