10 Feb 2013

Nadal through to final in comeback tournament

4:02 pm on 10 February 2013

Rafael Nadal has made the final at his comeback tennis tournament, beating third-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-2 in the semi-finals at the Vina del Mar ATP claycourt event.

Nadal, who's playing his first event after a seven-month injury layoff, will face Horacio Zeballos who beat fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3 7-6.

The 11-time grand slam champion from Spain had not played since a shock second-round exit from Wimbledon in June.

A torn tendon and inflammation in his left knee kept the former world No.1 out of the London Olympics and the 2012 US Open and a virus delayed his return.

Nadal, who turns 27 in June, plans to compete in claycourt events at Brazil and Mexico before playing ATP Masters hardcourt events at Indian Wells and Miami, then heading to Europe for clay events in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome ahead of the French Open.

Nadal has claimed the Roland Garros crown a record seven times.