Comeback kid Nadal takes Brazil title
February 18, 2013 -- Updated 1057 GMT (1857 HKT)
Rafael Nadal got back to winning ways by clinching victory at the Brazil Open.
- Rafael Nadal has won the Brazil Open
- Nadal defeated Argentinas David Nalbandian 6-2 6-3
- The title is Nadal's first since he returned from a seven-month absence
- Spaniard is now looking ahead to further challenges
(CNN) -- Rafael Nadal's rivals take note -- the Spaniard is on his way back and he's ready to fire on all cylinders.
The former World No.1 won his first title since ending a seven-month injury layoff by clinching victory in the final of the Brazil Open Sunday.
The 26-year-old saw off Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-2 6-3 in 78 minutes to claim the top prize of $82,300.
And Nadal, currently ranked fifth in the world, said he was delighted with his latest success.
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"It's a great title and important for me," he told reporters.
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"Yesterday (during the semi-final) the knee hurt. Today it's better, rather bearable. I am happy to win in Brazil for the second time.
"I am going to think about Acapulco (later this month) and nothing else.
"We are going to see how the knee responds and then take stock. I don't have any problem playing against better rivals because I accept that I can lose. Losing is not a problem for me."
Knee injury continues to 'bother' Nadal
Nadal played at the Vina del Mar Open in Chile earlier this month, losing the singles and doubles finals last Sunday.
But 11-time grand slam winner is hopeful that he's back on the right path following a torrid time with injury.
He added: "I just need time to continue improving and return to a more competitive level."
Since last June's shock second round exit at Wimbledon, Nadal has suffered with a torn tendon and an inflammation of his left knee.
Nadal was forced to miss the Olympics and U.S Open as he continued his battle for full fitness.
His return was then further delayed by a stomach virus, forcing him to withdraw from the Australian Open.
Meanwhile, Milos Raonic confirmed his as the king of the indoor hard court at the SAP Open, winning the San Jose event for the third year in a row.
The Canadian beat German Tommy Haas 6-4 6-3 in Sunday's final, taking winning streak at the event to 12 matches.
The world No. 13 has won all 24 sets he has played during his three title-winning campaigns.
"It's pretty awesome. It's pretty special," the 22-year-old Raonic told the ATP World Tour's official website. "It's more than just the trophies that I have. It's the little things that come with it.
"There was always the maple syrup story. The San Jose Sharks jersey. It all means a lot. With this event, that has had so many great champions, it's pretty special. To sort of one-up it and three-peat is pretty awesome."
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