Rafael Nadal coasts in Chile opener

Updated: February 8, 2013, 1:03 PM ET
Associated Press

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- Rafael Nadal has taken a few early steps in a comeback he hopes will give him a solid chance of winning his eighth French Open title.

After being away from singles tennis for more than seven months while getting therapy on an injured left knee, Nadal defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the VTR Open.

On Tuesday, he advanced in doubles with partner Juan Monaco.

Nadal was pushed and won only one ...

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