Nadal reaches doubles semifinals in Chile

VINA DEL MAR, Chile — Rafael Nadal's knee held up for a third straight day as he won a doubles match at the VTR Open on Thursday.

And he will get twice the workout today.

The Spaniard teamed with Juan Monaco to reach the doubles semifinals with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over Guillaume Ruffin and Filippo Volandri; his third match in three days after being away from the game for seven months with an ailing left knee and a stomach virus.

Nadal will play fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the singles quarterfinals today, and is scheduled to play later the same day in doubles with Monaco against Argentines Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer.

This is the kind of test he'd been looking for as he tries to get his play up to the level where he can challenge Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray again.

The former No. 1-ranked Nadal moved easily around the court, showing no signs his left knee was bothering him.


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