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(MENAFN -Arab News) RIO DE JANEIRO: Rafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open on Sunday, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (3)

Nadal?s victory comes four weeks after losing the Australian Open final to underdog Stanislas Wawrinka after tweaking his back while warming up

Nadal, who had to fend off two match points in the semifinal against Pablo Andujar, looked more comfortable in the final and improved his record on clay to 298 wins and 21 losses, the best in the Open Era

The Spaniard declined to talk about his back, focusing instead on the victory

?Clearly, it was important for me to get back and win after what happened in the final in Australia,? Nadal said

He said the heat, the court preparation and the quick balls used in the event made it difficult. He has complained about the fastballs all week

Nadal has won three times in Brazil and hopes to return next year. He?s also eyeing the 2016 Rio Olympics where he?d seek a second gold medal. He won gold in 2008 in Beijing

?I leave with the sensation that Brazil is something special for me,? he said

Top-ranked Nadal used the Latin American clay-court swing to launch his comeback a year ago from a left knee injury. It went just fine with titles in the French and US Open

He?ll take the same approach this time, hoping injuries don?t slow him heading to the French Open in three months

Dolgopolov has lost all five matches against Nadal. At center court after the match he mentioned the near-civil war in Ukraine ?As you know there are some troubles in my country,? he told thousands of fans, who applauded in support. ?Hopefully there?s going to be peace in my country as I left it a few months ago.? In the women?s final at the combined ATP-WTA event, Kurumi Nara of Japan defeated top-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 to win her first WTA singles title

Nara, the 22-year-old Japanese, was seeded fifth in the tournament and is Japan?s top-ranked woman. She prefers to play on hard courts but adapted to the heat and clay in Rio

?I love Rio,? Nara said, cracking a huge smile. ?I can?t believe I won the tournament, but I am very happy.? The victory is projected to push Nara into the top 50 ? probably No. 48 ? when the WTA publishes its rankings on Monday

?I don?t want to think too much about being No. 1 in Japan,? Nara said. ?I just want to focus on my game ? every game.? Nara said Japanese players are getting better on clay because a new clay-court facility has been built in the country

Maria Bueno, Brazil?s greatest female player who won seven Grand Slam singles titles ? her last in the US Open in 1966 ? helped hand the winning trophy to Nara

Zakopalova won two WTA titles 10 years ago, but has now lost 12 consecutive singles finals. In parts of the match she seemed unwell, probably bothered by the 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) heat and intense humidity

?I have an asthma problem so I couldn?t breathe,? Zakopalova said. ?But it?s not an excuse. Well done to Kurumi. She deserved it. She played really well.?

Good start by Federer

In Dubai, Roger Federer began his campaign for a record sixth Dubai Championships title with a 6-1, 6-4, win over Benjamin Becker of Germany on Monday

The eighth-ranked Federer has never dropped a set to Becker in four matches played

Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who will play his first match on Tuesday, have won nine of the last 11 titles here in Dubai

Federer won the trophy in 2003, ?04, ?05, ?07 and ?12. Djokovic, the defending champion, won four times, with Rafael Nadal winning in 2006 and Andy Roddick in 2008

Federer raced through the first set against Becker in 22 minutes

In the second set, Becker challenged better by playing himself into points. In the end, however, Federer served out, although Becker managed to push Federer to deuce twice in the final games

Earlier, Dmitry Tursunov reached the second round with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over qualifier Lukas Lacko

He was joined by Roberto Bautista Agut, who sped to a 3-0 lead against qualifier Adrian Ungur and continued his momentum to a 6-1, 6-3 victory, earning him a likely second round meeting with top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic

There was also a win for Andreas Seppi, who beat Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to earn only his second victory of the year

Novak Djokovic took to the doubles court with partner Carlos Gomez-Herrera, losing 7-5, 1-6, 10-5 to Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy.


 


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