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Nadal limbers up for Rio defence

2015-02-12 08:43
Rafael Nadal (AFP)

Rio de Janeiro - Rafael Nadal flew into Brazil on Wednesday to defend his title at the Rio Open - but also to experience first-hand "the incredible energy" of the city's world-famous carnival.

"I really want to learn about the carnival in Rio. It has an incredible energy, carnival here is like a religion," the world number three from Spain told reporters shortly after his arrival.

"I was always fascinated by the carnival and was eager to see it live. It will be a show," said Nadal, who will join a parade on Sunday with compatriot David Ferrer and Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten.

The Rio Open begins on Monday.

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