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Rafa Nadal grabs Sao Paolo title

Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating David Nalbandian. Picture: Reuters

Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating David Nalbandian. Picture: Reuters

Rafa Nadal’s comeback from a seven-month injury layoff gathered pace yesterday as he brushed aside Argentine David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 to win the Brazil Open, his first title since the 2012 French Open.

The Spanish world No 5, playing only his second tournament following his return from injury, broke twice in the first set and recovered from 3-0 down in the second to win in 78 minutes. The 11-times grand slam champion, who said he still suffers pain in his troublesome knees, has chosen to return to action on the clay courts he favours as he tries to work his way back to match fitness.

 

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