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Rafa Nadal pulls out of Rotterdam citing fatigue

Tournament director Richard Krajicek says he tried unsuccessfully to get Roger Federer or a top-five ranked player to replace Rafa Nadal.

By: AP | The Hague |
February 9, 2017 9:57:38 pm
rafa nadal, nadal, nadal rotterdam, nadal australian open, australian open, aus open, nadal injury, tennis news, sports news Rafael Nadal returned from an injury affected season into the 2017 Australian Open. (Source: AP File)

Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ABN Amro tennis tournament, saying he needs to rest. Organisers say the top-seeded Spaniard’s doctors told him to take it easy after his surprise run in Melbourne that ended in a five-set loss to Roger Federer.

In a statement, Nadal says his doctors advised rest “to give my body time to recover before I play matches again.”

Tournament director Richard Krajicek says he tried unsuccessfully to get Federer or a top-five ranked player to replace Nadal.

On Tuesday, Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

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