• Nadal blazes comeback trail in Sao Paulo

    2/11/13 1:10 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Nadal blazes comeback trail in Sao Paulo Former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal continues his South American clay-court swing effort, as the ATP World Tour makes a stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 11-time Grand Slam champion is seeking his second Brasil Open trophy this week.

    World No. 5 Rafael Nadal is back on court after reaching the final at the VTR Open in Viña del Mar, Chile. The 26-year-old Spaniard will be contesting just his second tournament since injury forced an extended layoff in mid 2012.

    Nadal makes his return to the Brasil Open for the first time since his 2005 debut, when he defeated compatriot Alberto Martin for the championship title, 6-0, 6-7(2), 6-1.

    The top seed headlines a tricky half of the draw that hosts (4) Jeremy Chardy, (5) Thomaz Bellucci and (8) Albert Ramos. Other entrants in the section are Andrey Kuznetsov, Carlos Berlocq, Ricardo Mello, Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Filippo Volandri.

    Following a first-round bye, Nadal will commence his run against fellow Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo or a qualifier.

    Two-time defending champion Nicolas Almagro leads the bottom half of the draw alongside fellow seeds (3) Juan Monaco, (6) Fabio Fognini and (7) Pablo Andujar. Additional players in the same half include Santiago Giraldo, Paolo Lorenzi, Albert Montanes, Simone Bolelli, former world No. 5 Tommy Robredo and former world No. 3 David Nalbandian.

    After a first-round bye, Almagro opens his bid against a qualifier or Horacio Zeballos.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
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