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Rafael Nadal breezes through in Rio

Updated: February 21, 2014, 1:40 AM ET
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rafael Nadal showed no problems with his tender back as he marked the second match in his return from injury with a 6-1, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes to reach the quarterfinals of the Rio Open on Thursday.

The No. 1-ranked Nadal tweaked his back warming up for the Australian Open final, which he lost almost four weeks ago in a major upset against Stanislas Wawrinka.

His first stop after a layoff is the clay courts in Rio as he tests the back and ...

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