World number five Rafael Nadal practiced with former Chilean number one and Athens Olympics Gold Medalist Nicolas Massu in Vina del Mar, Chile on Monday. Massu has been giving good company to Nadal since the latter’s arrival in Chile some days back.
The former world number nine, Massu, also accompanied Nadal to the President’s office three days back. The Chilean star had shown great excitement when Nadal had just confirmed last month that he would be taking part in the VTR Open in Chile.
Massu had said, "I am very happy that Rafa come to Viña del Mar, in my house, and that Chileans can enjoy it and learn from it. You always want to play against Nadal, Federer or Djokovic and here it would be special.
Known him since he was 15 years and have always had a cordial relationship.” Though, both Nadal and Massu are clay court specialists but their both meetings on the ATP World Tour took place on hard courts and both were won by Nadal.
The Chilean player retired when he trailed 3-6, 0-1 in their round of 64 match at the BNP Paribas Open in 2004. Nadal defeated Massu in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in the round of 64 of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Canada two years later.
Nadal, who is in Chile to play his first tournament in the last seven months, will re-start playing competitive tennis by playing the first round of doubles event against the second seeds Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Being top seed in the singles event, Nadal received a bye in the first round and will play qualifier Federico Delbonis or Guido Pella in the second round on Wednesday.