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Rafael Nadal to miss Swiss Indoors tennis due to knee injury

Rafael Nadal announced he will miss this month’s Swiss Indoors tennis tournament, boosting arch rival Roger Federer’s dream of ending the season as world number one

tennis Updated: Oct 17, 2017 23:47 IST
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Rafael Nadal suffered the injury during his match against Roger Federer at the Shanghai Masters.(AFP)

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Swiss Indoors next week, denying fans a possible final against Roger Federer.

Nadal told his Facebook followers he was skipping the October 21-29 tournament due to a knee injury.

“I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain,” he wrote.

He says the injury affected him last week in Shanghai, where he lost the final to Federer in two sets.

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Federer’s win over Nadal was a fifth straight against his long time rival. That streak started in Basel in 2015 when Federer won the final of his hometown tournament.

In Nadal’s absence, the No. 2-ranked Federer will be top-seeded as he seeks an eighth Basel title.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 23:41 IST