ATP Rio Open: Rafael Nadal adds another claycourt title to his collection
Last Updated: 23/02/14 10:42pm
Rafael Nadal: Spaniard back to winning ways in Brazil
World No 1 Rafael Nadal proved his return to fitness by winning the Rio Open title, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-6 in the final.
Nadal, playing in his first tournament since hurting his back a month ago when losing to Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open, needed one hour and 43 minutes to see off his Ukrainian opponent on his favoured clay.
The Spaniard had come from a set down and saved two match points during his semi-final win over Pablo Andujar but enjoyed a far more comfortable time of it against world No 54 Dolgopolov.
Nadal broke in the fourth game of the opening set and then saved three break points on his own delivery on the way to closing out the set.
Dolgopolov dropped serve again early in the second set but fought back to level at 5-5 and eventually took it to a tie-break, which Nadal won 7-4 to clinch his second title in three starts this season.