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(MENAFN -Arab News) RIO DE JANEIRO: Rafael Nadal showed no problem with his tender back in his second match since returning from the injury, defeating fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Rio Open on Thursday

The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka

His first stop after the layoff is the clay in Rio as he tests the back and tries to stay healthy for the French Open in three months. A year ago he used the Latin American swing to test his recovery from an injured left knee

Nadal seemed to move freely against Montanes and wore a large, blue elastic bandage on his lower back as a precaution

?The back, well, it?s bothering me a little,? Nadal said. ?Right now it?s not hurting my game, but I?m serving a little more gently than I?m used to doing.

Nadal said he pushed his recovery ?a little bit? to play in Rio, after pulling out of the tournament the week before in Buenos Aires

?I am here and very happy being here,? he said. ?When you get an injury in the final of a Grand Slam, and you stop (playing/practicing) for 2 1/2 weeks, the comeback is not easy.

Asked if nagging injuries might force an early retirement, the 27-year-old joked a bit before getting serious

?I can?t predict the future, but my intention is to play many years,? he said

In the other key men?s match, third-seeded Fabio Fognini reached the last eight beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3. Second-seeded David Ferrer advanced on Wednesday

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine advanced to his second quarterfinals of the year, beating Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Dolgopolov said he hadn?t considered leaving the tournament to return to his Kiev birthplace, where more than 100 people have died in anti-government protests this week. Government snipers killed at least 70 on Thursday

?It?s sad. I can?t do much, but just support,? he said. ?Whoever is right doesn?t matter now when people are dying.

Dolgopolov, who lives in the wealthy European enclave of Monte Carlo, said he was lucky to have the chance to make money playing tennis

?Obviously I would like the people in the (Ukraine) to feel better. If I could, I would change that,? he said

On the women?s side of the combined ATP-WTA event, fifth-seeded Kurumi Nara of Japan and Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain set up a quarterfinal matchup after second-round wins

Nara defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-0, 7-6 (3), and was in sight of her first WTA semifinals. Dominguez Lino beat Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1

Nara said she likes the hot weather in Rio and is getting used to the clay

?Now I like the clay court,? she said. ?Last year, I didn?t like it.

Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania also made the last eight, as did Brazil?s Teliana Pereira. She is the first Brazilian woman in 23 years to crack the WTA?s top 100. The last was Andrea Vieira

Brazil?s most famous women?s player is Maria Bueno, who won seven Grand Slams singles titles, the last at the US Open in 1966.


 


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