Rafael Nadal resumes his comeback to tennis Friday in the quarterfinal round at the Vina Del Mar VTR Open. After a straight-set 6-3, 6-2 win Wednesday over qualifier Federico Delbonis, next for Nadal is a date with countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
Earlier, Nadal joined good friend Juan Monaco to win their quarterfinal doubles match beating Guillaume Rufin and Filippo Volandri 6-2, 7-6.
“He is worrying about his knees, he’s worried about his health. He’s worried about getting back to a good competitive level,” his press agent Benito Perez-Barbadillo told the AP today.
The seven-time French Open champion only lost two games to Gimeno-Traver the only time they played at Barcelona in 2011.
Australian Open quarterfinalist Jeremy Chardy, who could meet Nadal in the semifinals Saturday, ended the nice run of Chilean 16-year-old Christian Garin in three sets.
In Montpellier, France, Richard Gasquet upended countryman Gael Monfils 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. Gilles Simon was also a winner. No. 2 seed Janko Tipsarevic fell to France’s Michael Llodra 6-3, 7-6.
Five of the eight quarterfinals are from the home country.
And in Zagreb, local favorite and top seed Marin Cilic is into the quarterfinals tomorrow, he’ll face Blaz Kavcic. Countryman Ivan Dodig is still alive along with Russian No. 3 seed Mikhail Youzhny.
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