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Rafael Nadal rolls in return at Rio

Updated: February 18, 2014, 9:20 PM ET
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rafael Nadal showed no signs of a tender back Tuesday, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Rio Open.

It was No. 1-ranked Nadal's first match since losing three weeks ago in the Australia Open final against Stanislas Wawrinka, a match the Spaniard was a heavy favorite to win.

Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the final in Australia, bringing up questions again about his health to start a season. A year ago he was ...

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