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Tennis: Ronaldo inspires Nadal's recovery

Published 19/02/2013 | 04:00

Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating David Nalbandian to win the Brazil Open
Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating David Nalbandian to win the Brazil Open

Rafael Nadal is drawing inspiration from Brazilian football great Ronaldo to continue his successful return from injury.

With Ronaldo watching, Nadal took an important step on Sunday by winning the Brazil Open for his first title after a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee.

Now he wants to repeat the Brazilian's successful story of recovery from much more serious injuries.

Nadal said Ronaldo is "an example" to be followed because of his determination to rebound from a series of knee injuries that threatened his career.

Despite winning again, the Spaniard is still bothered by his knee and said he is far from fully recovered, although he hopes the victory in front of Ronaldo will mark a new beginning in his career.

"Ronaldo is an example to a lot of people because of all that he was able to achieve despite what he had to go through with all the knee problems in his career," Nadal said.

"He is definitely an example to me. He's an example of determination and hard work."

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