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Nadal returns from injury with victory

MOVING ON:The former world No. 1 says the knee that sidelined him for seven months was not yet fully healed, but he began to put it behind him with the doubles win

AP, VINA DEL MAR, Chile

Toni Nadal, his uncle and coach, has that said this year’s French Open will be much like Nadal’s first — meaning there will be nerves. Others have noted that the weak field in Chile is much like Nadal would face in a sweep through the first week of the French Open.

Chile, without a top player since Fernando Gonzalez retired last year, has a new hope in 16-year-old Christian Garin. Garin defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday in the first round. He is only the fifth 16-or-under player to win in an ATP Tour event since 2000.

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