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Nadal wins 1st title since return from injury with straight-set win over Nalbandian in Brazil

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    Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina's David Nalbandian during the Brazil Open ATP tournament final match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)The Associated Press

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    Spain's Rafael Nadal serves to Argentina's David Nalbandian during the Brazil Open ATP tournament final match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)The Associated Press

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    Argentina's David Nalbandian returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during the Brazil Open ATP tournament final match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)The Associated Press

Rafael Nadal beat David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in the Brazil Open final on Sunday, winning his first title since returning from a seven-month layoff to treat his left knee.

Nadal thrust his arms into the air and pumped his fist after a long ball by Nalbandian made him the champion of the indoor clay-court tournament for the second time. The Spaniard also won the event in 2005.

It was Nadal's first title since winning the French Open for the seventh time last June.