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Friday, 10 Feb 2017 14:11 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Australian open men's finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Rotterdam Open. The World no. six who was beaten by old comrade Roger Federer in Australia made the decision after following advice from his doctors to rest. The Spaniard was left out of Spain's Davis Cup squad for their World Group first-round tie against Croatia last weekend due to fatigue.
"I am very sorry to announce that I wont be playing in Rotterdam. After last year's absence from some tournaments, I started this season well and made a significant effort during the Australian swing. It's because of this that my doctors have strongly advised me to take it easy and give enough rest to my body before competing again to avoid further injuries. I fully understand that the Dutch fans will be disappointed," said the 30 year-old.
Nadal, who endured an injury-hit 2016 season and ended his season early in October, in order to recover from a persistent wrist injury, started the 2017 tennis season well when he reached the Australian Open men's singles final where he was beaten in a five-set epic tie against Federer, in what many tennis enthusiasts consider remarkable.
Nadal's withdrawal marks a further blow for the tournament after world number three Stan Wawrinka pulled out with a knee injury earlier this week. Wawrinka has not played since a semi-final run in Melbourne but was due to be the top seed in Rotterdam.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.