• Nadal aims for Vina del Mar semifinals

    2/7/13 11:39 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Nadal aims for Vina del Mar semifinals Next up for Rafael Nadal in his comeback tournament is Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The two Spaniards will be battling for a place in the Vina del Mar semifinals on Friday.

    Rafael Nadal will be back in action at his comeback event on Friday evening against Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Nadal and his fellow Spaniard are set to battle for a semifinal spot at 2012's first clay-court event, the VTR Open.

    They have faced each other on just one previous occasion, when Nadal dominated a 2011 Barcelona encounter 6-1, 6-1.

    Gimeno-Traver, however, is in fine form at the moment. The 27-year-old registers just 12 spots off his career-high at No. 64 in the world and he is in good shape to make a return trip to the Top 60 on Monday, because he lost in the Vina del Mar opening round last year. Gimeno-Traver, seeded seventh this week, booked his place in the quarters with victories over Joao Sousa and Albert Montanes.

    Nadal, of course, is contesting his first tournament since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon. The world No. 5 returned on Wednesday and got things started in solid but unspectacular fashion, taking care of Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-2. Nadal, entered as both a wild card and the top seed, also has two doubles wins under his belt alongside partner Juan Monaco.

    "I need days and time to get my game back, but so far the feeling on court is great," the 11-time Grand Slam champion said after defeating Delbonis. "For now the most important thing is to spend as much time as possible on court. This victory allows me to play at least two more matches, singles and doubles. To practice is one thing but to play is totally different."

    One can only assume that Nadal will improve from match to match, so Gimeno-Traver could be in trouble. Count on Nadal heating up just a bit and cruising past his countryman in two quick sets.

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There is no one on this tournament who can challenge an even 50% Rafa. Chardy can be a test, but I have no doubts that Rafa's winning his first trophy of 2013.

danica , 2/8/13 2:27 AM

2 and 2 for this one

RickyDimon , 2/8/13 4:30 AM

"Nadal, of course, is contesting his first tournament since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon."

Is there anyone on the planet wh doesn't know that Nadal lost in the 2nd round to Rosol at Wimbledon last year? Why does it have to be mentioned EVERYTIME. After all, Federer lost to Gulbis who is now on the challenger circuit.

nadline , 2/8/13 9:30 AM

From the the ATP "Everybody is winning with Rafa"

nadline , 2/8/13 10:15 AM

"Why does it have to be mentioned EVERYTIME..."

Because it was HILARIOUS maybe?

Twinge , 2/8/13 11:39 AM

^^^Because there are some people, like you, in denial, because you try to push Rafa out of the way so you player will shine. It ain't going to happen.

nadline , 2/8/13 12:48 PM

I dont want him out of the way, i want him to stay and let Andy do something about that pesky HC H2H actually :)

Twinge , 2/8/13 1:07 PM

Twinge, Muzz is a late starter. Just be happy that he has at least made his career worthwhile by winning something at the age of 25 because he was running the risk of becoming a high class journey man.

nadline , 2/8/13 1:41 PM

I root for Muzz sometimes but fans like Twinge make that difficult because if one slam makes her so big headed just imagine what would have happened if Muzz had had the run that Nole had in 2011.

The British media is enough, with their over egging of Muzz. Enough!

nadline , 2/8/13 1:49 PM

Again, a lamentable reading of the situation.
a. I am not `big headed` about a tennis player winning a slam, I didnt win it did I?
b. Im not a `her` dear, I'm a `he`.
You can try that c**p on with scoretracker but it means nothing to me.
I doubt anyone who is a Muzz fan cares whether you support Muzz or not Nadline.
Keep the crazies with fedal I say!
And goodbye to you all when they go!

Twinge , 2/8/13 2:13 PM

^^^A 35 year old bloke hates Rafa! Explains a lot.

nadline , 2/8/13 2:24 PM

^^^A 70 year old woman that pines after Rafa! Explains a lot.

Twinge , 2/8/13 2:25 PM

^^^Hahahahahaha, No not 70!

nadline , 2/8/13 2:42 PM

I'm sure you don't look a minute over 69 ;)

Twinge , 2/8/13 2:44 PM


I just know quality when I see it.

nadline , 2/8/13 2:49 PM

Well tell that to Mr Nadline occasionally, i'm sure he'll appreciate it.
Altough i doubt he's allowed to speak...

Twinge , 2/8/13 2:55 PM

Twinge - Hahahahaha

rbennett , 2/8/13 4:42 PM

hey Ricky, I don't think Rafa intended to be "spectacular" in his first match. I think he played just enough for the win, taking care not to look "too good" out there...after all he is back from 7 months long injury time, he really has nothing to prove in his first couple of matches...I am sure his form is there otherwise he wouldn't bother playing this week. I do expect to see some of his spectacular tennis in the final though...
Vamos Rafa!

natashao , 2/8/13 5:45 PM

i didn't say Nadal intended to be "spectacular"

Nadal intended to be "mediocre at best"

RickyDimon , 2/8/13 6:44 PM

Another win for Milos..... I, I mean Rafa!!!!!!!!!!!


Conspirator , 2/8/13 11:41 PM

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