• Nadal returns to action with Vina del Mar doubles match

    2/5/13 3:12 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Nadal returns to action with Vina del Mar doubles match Rafael Nadal will finally be back in action on Tuesday with a doubles match in Vina del Mar. Nadal is teaming up with good friend and defending singles champion Juan Monaco.

    Singles will have to wait until Wednesday, but Rafael Nadal will be back on the tennis court for a professional match on Tuesday afternoon at the VTR Open. Nadal is teaming up with Juan Monaco and the duo will face the second-seeded pair of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy.

    This is Nadal's first appearance since a stunning second-round loss to Lukas Rosol in the Wimbledon second round.

    As for Cermak and Dlouhy, who cannot expect much crowd support in this one, they have played with each other in three previous tournaments and own a 2-3 lifetime match record. Cermak is ranked 35th in the world in doubles and Dlouhy comes in at No. 57.

    These two teams have never faced one another, but all four players have some familiarity. Monaco is 1-2 lifetime in doubles against Cermak and 0-2 against Dlouhy. Nadal is 4-1 against Cermak and 2-0 against Dlouhy, with four of his six combined wins coming in super-tiebreakers.

    This is also the fourth career event for the Nadal-Monaco team. Their best-ever showing is a quarterfinal finish at the 2008 Paris Masters.

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Vamos, Rafa & Juan

nadline , 2/5/13 9:36 AM

Vamos our Rafa & Juan.

schatz , 2/5/13 1:50 PM

Most eagerly anticipated doubles match in a long time.

cherylmurray , 2/5/13 2:27 PM

bets doubles player of all time.


rfzr , 2/5/13 5:28 PM

anyone got any good live stream suggestions?

willmw101 , 2/5/13 9:53 PM

live stream of Rafa's doubles match -
vamosssssssssss. soooo excited to see Rafa back on court

gr8nadal , 2/5/13 10:13 PM

Thanks for the link!!!!

Great to see the real GOAT back again!!!!


Conspirator , 2/5/13 10:44 PM

Thanks. LOL rafa in a polo shirt, its like 2009 all over again :)

willmw101 , 2/5/13 10:49 PM

how was it?

RickyDimon , 2/6/13 6:36 AM

He looked relatively sharp, not any discernible difference from the old days. But their opposition were DIRE. First test will come when he has to defend break points/set points/pressure in the singles.

willmw101 , 2/6/13 9:44 AM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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