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Giraldo, Volandri open with Chile wins

Feb. 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

VINA DEL MAR, Chile, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Colombia's Santiago Giraldo and Filippo Volandri of Italy each posted opening day victories Monday at the VTR Open in Chile.

Giraldo, who was the runner-up at the Chilean clay court event in 2011, rallied to best Argentine Martin Alund 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a match that lasted just over 2 hours.

Volandri, meanwhile, dispatched Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, 6-2, 6-1 at Club Naval de Campo Las Salinas at Vina del Mar to move on to the second round.

Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is expected to make his return to tennis Tuesday at the VTR Open following a seven-month absence due to a knee injury.

He was set to make his debut in the doubles competition with reigning champion Juan Monaco.

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