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    Rafael Nadal pulls out of ABN Amro tennis tournament to rest after grueling Australian Open

    Feb 10, 2017
    After a five-set loss in the Australian Open finals against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal has been told by his doctors to give his body time to recover before playing again. AP

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's ABN Amro tennis tournament, saying he needs to rest.

    Organizers 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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    After a five-set loss in the Australian Open finals against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal has been told by his doctors to give his body time to recover before playing again. AP
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