2/5/13 2:12 PM | Johan Lindahl
All eyes are on Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard steps onto court for the first time since late June to test his chronic knee injuries with a doubles match in Chile.
Coach and uncle Toni Nadal believes his nephew has improved after four days of training since arriving.
Seven-time French Open winner Nadal is competing in South American for the first time in eight years by playing the 250-level Vina del Mar event on clay.
Doubles with good Argentine friend Juan Monaco is the first competitive test for the fifth-ranked Nadal since he lost in the Wimbledon second round on June 28 and then took the rest of the season off to try and heal his knees.
"His game is much better than when we got here," Toni Nadal told local media, "It was better yesterday and even better today. We're looking to the doubles as an added test.
"(Doctors) have told us he will feel some discomfort and lack of mobility until the end of the month," added the senior Nadal, whose nephew has said he wants to reach his peak slowly by the time the French Open starts in late May.
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