Nadal joins Rotterdam withdrawal list

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Rafael Nadal cited the need for rest after withdrawing from the ATP Rotterdam event; Getty Images
Not long after Stan Wawrinka announced he would skip the ATP event in Rotterdam, the tournament has been dealt another hit with Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal.

Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Rotterdam tennis event, 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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