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Rafael Nadal will play in Chile Open

Updated: January 17, 2013, 11:46 AM ET
Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Rafael Nadal plans to return to tennis a bit earlier than expected.

Chile Open organizers announced Thursday that Nadal will make his debut in the clay-court event, which starts Feb. 4 in Vina del Mar.

Nadal hasn't played tennis since June, mainly because of tendinitis in his left knee. He was scheduled to play in an Abu Dhabi exhibition event in late December, but a stomach virus forced him to withdraw and skip the Australian Open.

He then planned to return ...

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