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Rafael Nadal advances in Brazil

Updated: February 15, 2013, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

SAO PAULO -- Rafael Nadal overcame a poor start and a difficult third set to advance to the Brazil Open semifinals, beating Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday night.

Nadal jumped and thrust both arms into the air after he closed the match against the 78th-ranked Berlocq in 2 hours, 24 minutes, staying on track to win his first tournament after a long layoff to recover from a left knee injury.

Earlier, two-time defending champion and second-seeded Nicolas Almagro ...

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