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Tennis: Nadal to face Andujar in Rio semis

Spain's world number one Rafael Nadal is through to the semi-finals of the $1.3 million ATP Rio Open after crushing Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-0 in the last eight on Friday. "I think I played my best match of the week today," said top seed Nadal after a crushing win in 75 minutes kept his run going in what is his first event since losing last month's Australian Open final. As he looks to reach his third final in three tournaments this year, he will now face compatriot Pablo Andujar after the eighth seed won 6-1, 6-1 against another Spaniard, Tommy Robredo.

Nadal routs Montañes to reach Rio Open quarters

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal breezed into the quarterfinals of the inaugural Rio Open with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 victory over countryman Albert Montañes. Playing his first tournament since losing to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final in late January, when a back injury affected the Spaniard's serving and movement, the world No. 1 dominated the baseline points throughout Thursday night's match at the Jockey Club Brasileiro.

Spain's Ferrer advances to Rio quarters

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 20 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer continued his strong play in the Latin American clay-court swing, defeating Argentine Federico Delbonis 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the inaugural Rio Open. Delbonis rallied from a 3-game deficit and saved four set points to force a first-set tiebreaker, but Ferrer subsequently grabbed full command and cruised to victory in an hour and 26 minutes.

Spain's Nadal battles past Gimeno-Traver at Rio Open

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal struggled with his form but did enough to move through to the second round of the inaugural Rio Open, overcoming a hiccup early in the second set to defeat countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5. Tuesday night's match was the 800th of Nadal's storied career and his first since losing to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final in late January, when a back injury affected the Spaniard's serving and movement.

Tennis: Top-ranked Nadal makes triumphant Rio return

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, playing for the first time since losing last month's Australian Open final, beat fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday at the Rio Open. Nadal skipped Buenos Aires last week due to the nagging back injury that hindered his bid for a 14th Grand Slam singles crown last month at Melbourne, where he dropped the final to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. That left his comeback for Rio's $1.3 million ATP and WTA event, one he hopes will launch a clay-court campaign that concludes with a ninth career French Open crown.

Tennis: Top-ranked Nadal makes triumphant Rio return

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, playing for the first time since losing last month's Australian Open final, beat fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday at the Rio Open. Nadal skipped Buenos Aires last week due to the nagging back injury that hindered his bid for a 14th Grand Slam singles crown last month at Melbourne, where he dropped the final to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. That left his comeback for Rio's $1.3 million ATP and WTA event, one he hopes will launch a clay-court campaign that concludes with a ninth career French Open crown.

Tennis: Top-ranked Nadal makes triumphant Rio return

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, playing for the first time since losing last month's Australian Open final, beat fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday at the Rio Open. Nadal skipped Buenos Aires last week due to the nagging back injury that hindered his bid for a 14th Grand Slam singles crown last month at Melbourne, where he dropped the final to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. That left his comeback for Rio and a $1.3 million ATP and WTA event that will launch a clay-court campaign Nadal hopes concludes with a ninth career French Open crown.

Spain's David Ferrer wins 3rd straight title in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Feb 16 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Copa Claro clay-court event, winning his third straight title in Buenos Aires. Ferrer, the top seed, won his first title of 2014 after losing in the second round at Doha, in the semifinals at Auckland and in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. The 31-year-old Spaniard, who will return to the No. 4 spot in the ATP rankings on Monday, received a last-minute invitation after countryman and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew, citing lack of preparation.

Ferrer lands third Buenos Aires clay title in a row

By Luis Ampuero BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - David Ferrer won his third consecutive Buenos Aires ATP claycourt title, and the sixth in a row by a Spaniard, when he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 in the final on Sunday. Ferrer had not planned to return this year but stood in at the last minute following world number one Rafael Nadal's withdrawal through injury. The 31-year-old will climb to fourth in the world rankings on Monday, displacing Argentine Juan Martin del Porto who played in Rotterdam this week.

Ferrer lands third Buenos Aires clay title in a row

By Luis Ampuero BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - David Ferrer won his third consecutive Buenos Aires ATP claycourt title, and the sixth in a row by a Spaniard, when he beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3 in the final on Sunday. Ferrer had not planned to return this year but stood in at the last minute following world number one Rafael Nadal's withdrawal through injury. The 31-year-old will climb to fourth in the world rankings on Monday, displacing Argentine Juan Martin del Porto who played in Rotterdam this week.
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