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URGENT ¥¥¥ Tennis: Nadal wins Brazil Open final

Rafael Nadal clinched his first tournament title after ending a seven-month knee injury layoff in winning the Brazil Open here Sunday. The Spanish former world number one, who has been complaining of nagging knee pain, beat Argentine David Nalbandian in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. ga/cw/pi

Tennis: ATP Brazil Open results

Results on the seventh day of the ATP Brazil Open on Sunday (x denotes seeding): Final Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt David Nalbandian (ARG) 6-2, 6-3 afp

Tennis-Brazil Open men's singles final result

Feb 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Brazil Open Men's Singles Final on Sunday 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat David Nalbandian (Argentina) 6-2 6-3

Tennis-Nadal to meet Nalbandian in Brazil Open final

SAO PAULO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal battled to a 6-3 6-7 6-1 win over Argentine Martin Alund in Sao Paulo on Saturday to qualify for the Brazil Open final. The former world number one Nadal will meet David Nalbandian in Sunday's final, the Argentine veteran having defeated Italian Simone Bolelli 6-3 7-5 in the other semi-final.

Tennis: Nadal struggles into Brazil Open final

Rafael Nadal struggled into the Brazil Open final on Saturday by downing Argentine lucky loser Martin Alund in three sets and later said he was handicapped by nagging knee pain. The former world number one, who is recovering from a left knee injury, battled hard to dismiss his 27-year-old opponent, who is ranked 111 in the world, winning 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-1 in nearly two hours. Sunday's final will pit the 26-year-old Spanish star against Argentine David Nalbandian, who whipped Italian Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-5 in 85 minutes in the other semi-final.

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Brazil Open men's singles semifinal results

Feb 16 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Brazil Open Men's Singles Semifinal matches on Saturday 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Martin Alund (Argentina) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-1 David Nalbandian (Argentina) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 6-3 7-5

Tennis: Nadal advances to Brazil Open semifinals

Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Brazil Open here late Friday, with a difficult three-set win over Argentine Carlos Berlocq. The 26-year-old Spaniard, ranked number five in the world, won his singles quarterfinal match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours 24 minutes against the 30-year old Argentine, ranked 78th in the world. Nadal will face off in Saturday's semifinal against another Argentine, Martin Alund, who earlier Friday defeated Filippo Volandri of Italy 7-5, 7-6.

Tennis: Nadal advances to Brazil Open semifinals

Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Brazil Open here late Friday, with a difficult three-set win over Argentine Carlos Berlocq. The 26-year-old Spaniard, ranked number five in the world, won his singles quarterfinal match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours 24 minutes against the 30-year old Argentine, ranked 78th in the world. Nadal will face off in Saturday's semifinal against another Argentine, Martin Alund, who earlier Friday defeated Filippo Volandri of Italy 7-5, 7-6.

Tennis: Nadal wins in singles debut at Brazil Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal cruised to a two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open here late Thursday but then the 11-time grand slam winner blasted the ATP Tour for its choice of balls. The former world number one needed only 78 minutes to prevail over Brazilian Joao Souza, ranked 140th in the world, 6-3, 6-4. Nadal advanced to Friday's quarter-finals where he will face Argentine Carlos Berlocq, who beat eighth seed Albert Ramos 7-6 (9/7), 6-4.

Tennis: Nadal wins in singles debut at Brazil Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal cruised to a two-set victory in his singles debut at the Brazil Open here late Thursday but then the 11-time grand slam winner blasted the ATP Tour for its choice of balls. The former world number one needed only 78 minutes to prevail over Brazilian Joao Souza, ranked 104th in the world 6-3, 6-4. Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals against Argentine Berlocq on Friday. "It was an important victory for me," Nadal said. "the conditions are very difficult. The court is very fast, the ball too.
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