Reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal says it was a “great feeling” to return to tennis after making his comeback from a long-term knee injury on Tuesday.
The Spaniard partnered up with Argentine Juan Monaco as they swept past Czech second seeds Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3 6-2 at the VTR Open in Chile.
“It was a great feeling to play again and I’m very happy for doing it with a friend like Monaco in a great atmosphere that we had on the court,’’ Nadal said.
“In doubles the effort is always less. We will see how it goes in singles and how my physical condition is.’’
Nadal will make his singles return at the tournament this week, having been handed a first round bye as the top seed. The 11-time major champion will take on Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.
“My aim is to compete courageously and hopefully the knee will stand up to it,” Nadal said.