13 Feb 2013

Nadal denied tournament win on comeback

4:12 pm on 13 February 2013

The former world tennis number one Rafael Nadal's been denied a winning finish to his tournament comeback, beaten by Argentina's Horacio Zeballos in the final of the ATP tournament in Chile.

Nadal won the first set 7-6 but lost the next two 6-7 4-6.

The former world number one was playing his first tournament in more than seven months, returning to the court for the first time since a surprise second-round exit at Wimbledon in June.

Since then he had been sidelined by a knee injury, with his return this year further delayed by a virus.