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Nadal to play again in SAmerica - this time in Rio

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Nadal to play again in SAmerica - this time in Rio
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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball during the doubles match with Marc Lopez against Ukraine's Denys Molchanov and Sergiy Stakhovsky on the second day of the World Group play-off Davis Cup tennis in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rafael Nadal is returning to South America to play early next year in the inaugural Rio Open.

Nadal began his comeback from a left-knee injury seven months ago in Chile. This time he'll be playing in Brazil under far different conditions as the defending U.S. Open and French Open champion.

The Feb. 15-23 clay-court tournament is a combined ATP and WTA event and will be played at the Jockey Club Brasileiro. Fellow Spaniard David Ferrer is also in the field.

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