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Volandri eases into second round

Filippo Volandri booked his place in the second round of the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile with a straight sets win over Leonardo Mayer.

World number 87 Volandri is ranked 12 places below his Argentinian opponent, but the Italian cruised to a 6-2 6-1 victory in just 71 minutes.

Santiago Giraldo fought back from losing the first set against Martin Alund to triumph 4-6 7-5 6-3 in a shade over two hours.

The tournament marks the return of Rafael Nadal from injury and illness.

The 26-year-old 11-time major winner has not competed since a shock second-round defeat to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June but will play in the doubles alongside Juan Monaco against Czech duo Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy on Wednesday before beginning his singles campaign on Wednesday.