Rafael Nadal to play in Rio Open

Updated: 15 February 2014 09:46 IST

Rafael Nadal had been sidelined since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the Australian Open last month.

Rafael Nadal to play in Rio Open
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Rio de Janeiro:

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will play in next week's Rio Open after recovering from a back injury.

The 27-year-old winner of 13 Grand Slam titles had been sidelined since his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the Australian Open last month, reports Xinhua.

"I have a good feeling about competing in Brazil," Nadal said during a press conference Friday.

"I have a great connection with the fans here. This country is very special and I hope to enjoy the experience."

Nadal will play his first match at the inaugural ATP tour event Wednesday against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

"We'll have to see how it goes. I hope I can tolerate it," the Spaniard said referring to his back injury.

Topics : Tennis
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