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Nadal confirms comeback

Rafael Nadala is set to make his comeback to competitive tennis at the Chile Open.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Roger Federer in the Semi-Final of the Australian Open in Melbourne on 26 January 2012. Picture: AFP
Sport

SANTIAGO - French Open champion Rafa Nadal will make his long-awaited comeback from injury at next month's Chile Open, the Spaniard confirmed on Thursday.

The ATP had already announced he would take part in the Brazil Open the following week.

"I'm delighted to confirm my participation in Vina del Mar in Chile," Nadal said on his Facebook page.

"I would like to thank the organisation for the invitation to play there and say I've got a lot of fans in the country and finally I'll be able to go there to see them and play my first tournament after the injury that got me out of the circuit for so long. Thank you and see you in Vina."

Chile Open organisers described Nadal as the "best claycourt tennis player of all time" when announcing that the 10-times grand slam champion would be playing.

Nadal, who has not played an ATP tournament in South America since 2005, has been sidelined with tendinitis in his left knee since last year's Wimbledon tournament in June.

His hopes of returning at the Australian Open were dashed by illness.

Nadal's long absence from the circuit means he could drop outside the top four in the world after the conclusion of the Australian Open.

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