Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal hits a return in the Rio Open final. Photo: AFP

Rafael Nadal takes Rio Open title on comeback tournament from back injury

Rafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

Nadal’s victory comes four weeks after losing the Australian Open final to underdog Stanislas Wawrinka after tweaking his back while warming up.

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