Rafael Nadal finally appearing his first singles match after an absence of more than seven months. In the match, Nadal won.
Last singles match was facing Lukas Rosol, where he lost in five sets battle. Afterwards Nadal practically absent because of injury in his left knee.
Nadal withdrew from the London Olympics, Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Masters. Spaniard tennis player was also briefly states can not follow the U.S. Open because he felt he was not fit enough.
At the end of the year, Nadal finished at number four in the world. This is the first time in eight years he did not finish the year in the top one or two.
Nadal had expected to take part in the Australian Open 2013. But, in the end he competed canceled due to problems in the stomach virus. Impact, he was thrown out of the four.
New on VTR Open in Vina Del Mar, Chile, he can play. His first match was facing Federico Delbonis, where he won 6-3, 6-2.
Nadal trailed 0-2 from Delbonis, before finally equalized at 2-2 in the fourth game. He then dominated the game and seemed to dare to make a long rally. Absolutely not appear that he was still traumatized by the injury in his knee.
Although it is improving, Nadal is still reluctant to talk about the tournament. He called the French Open, which will roll next May, not the main goal at this time.
"For me, Roland Garros is still very far away. All I see now is the doubles and singles matches tomorrow again on Friday," he said as quoted by AP.
According to Nadal, he is still monitoring the condition of his knee after a long time not competing at the top level. If the healing process goes well, then he dared to talk about the big target or grand slam.
"I have to make sure the condition of my knee after a long absence to play at the top level. If the healing process goes well, I can play every week with a 100 percent, and I could practice every day according to what I want - and it happens as soon as possible- -, then we talk about ambitious goals. "
Nadal is now in the top five world rankings. He was one strip under another Spaniard, David Ferrer.