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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