11 Feb 2013

Nadal through to final in Chile

6:43 am on 11 February 2013

Rafael Nadal looked sharp on his way through to the final of a South American claycourt tennis tournament in Chile, his first event back from a seven-month injury absence.

The former world number one needed just 64 minutes to beat the third-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-2.

The Spanard's playing in his first tournament since his shock second-round exit from Wimbledon last June.

He plans to compete in claycourt events in Brazil and Mexico before playing ATP Masters hardcourt events at Indian Wells and Miami.