Rafael Nadal pulls out of ABN Amro tennis tournament

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 10, 2017 10:08 AM
Rafael Nadal pulls out of ABN Amro tennis tournament
Spain's Rafael Nadal takes a drink during a break as he plays Switzerland's Roger Federer in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — 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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