Nadal Resumes Comeback Friday In Vina Del Mar; Gasquet Ousts Monfils In Montpellier, Tipsarevic Upset
by Staff | February 7th, 2013, 10:14 pm

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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14 Comments for Nadal Resumes Comeback Friday In Vina Del Mar; Gasquet Ousts Monfils In Montpellier, Tipsarevic Upset

nadalista Says:

Yippee!!! Will be able to watch Rafa vs Gimeno-Traver live tonight………

Vamos Champ!!

skeezer Says:

As if Rafa doesn’t have enough tics, now he is a worry wart. Such a role model of courage! Poor baby. Thanks Rafa press agent for tellng us all how worried he is. We all really wanted to know. I am sure Rafanatics will give you lots of sympathy.

Humble Rafa Says:

All the worry is a PR stunt. When I step on to court, I am a lion.

You know, when I play a certain someone, it’s always a very very tough match….remember those times?

Giles Says:

skeezer. You just can’t resist, can you?? Lol

Giles Says:
“He is cute. He is loveable. He is sexy. He is hot”.
Who’s that??

Ben Pronin Says:

Imagine if the French players were able to dominate the French Open as well as they dominate all of the other France-based tournaments!

skeezer Says:

Are u gonna still say all that Luvy duvy stuff about Rafa when he is married one day? (Hot, sexy,etc.)


Giles Says:

skeezer. Dunno. Have to think about that one!! :-))

Humble Rafa Says:

This forum turns into a love site, before it turns to porn. Kiddos, keep it on tennis, and behave yourself.

alison Says:

Rafa comes through in straight sets 6/1 6/4,last game was close,saved 3 BPs,and it took him 4MPs to close it out,other than that safely through.

Giles Says:

Well done Champ! #VamosKing

Thomas Says:

Nadal was rock solid in his last match.

Alok Says:

Don’t know where to post this article on:

Former doping official also claims tennis is not clean.

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