Nadal's comeback is hotting up as he plans a return in Chile
16:44 GMT, 17 January 2013
17:45 GMT, 17 January 2013
Rafael Nadal will return next month at the VTR Open in Chile.
The competition starts on February 4 and will be the first tournament the world No 4 has competed in since Wimbledon, where he was knocked out in the second round by the relative unknown Lukas Rosol.
Since then Nadal has been recovering from a knee injury.
On the way back: Nadal made it to the final in last year's Australian Open, but has been out injured since last June
He was supposed to return to action
earlier this month but was sidelined by a stomach virus and forced to
wait another few weeks.
It will be the first time Nadal has
played on South American soil since 2005 and no doubt the 11-time Grand
Slam winner is itching to get back on the court, having posted numerous
updates and photos of his recovery on his Facebook page.