Rafael Nadal made a successful return to tennis in doubles Tuesday night in Vina Del Mar. Nadal teamed with good friend Juan Monaco to beat the No. 2 seeded Czech team of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 63, 62 in the first round of the VTR Open.
“It was a great feeling to play again and I’m very happy for doing it with a friend like Monaco in a great atmosphere that we had on the court,” Nadal said after his first match in seven months. “In doubles the effort is always less [taxing]; we will see how it goes in singles and how my physical condition is. I chose this tournament because it is the perfect time and surface.”
Nadal and Monaco will play Rufin/Volandri in the quarterfinals.
The 26-year-old Nadal returns in singles Wednesday against Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis. Tennis Channel will televise the match live in the USA at 4pm ET.
— Juan Monaco (@picomonaco) February 5, 2013
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