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'My doctors have advised me not to play' - Rafael Nadal withdraws from Rotterdam

Rafael Nadal at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has announced he has pulled out of Rotterdam due to the injury that he struggled with at the Australian Open.

Nadal missed the whole ATP Cup with what he described as a 'stiff lower back,' and the injury afflicted him during the Australian Open too before his quarterfinal exit.

He was set to be the top seed at Rotterdam next week, but he has confirmed that he has had to withdraw.

"It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam," Nadal announced via social media.

"As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne.

"We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament.

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"Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week.

"I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and The Netherlands since it’s been a while I played there this was the perfect year for my calendar.

"I hope to come back and play there soon. All the best to the tournament, always a top class event."

Nadal's withdrawal could mean a huge opportunity for Daniil Medvedev.

The Russian will now be the top seed in Rotterdam and will climb to number two in the world if he can reach the final.

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