Nadal is withdrawing from the Rotterdam Open with an earlier version

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(Reuters) – World number two Rafa Nadal has retired from the Rotterdam Open next week due to a back injury, the Spaniard said on Thursday.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has had an earlier problem since preparing for the Australian Open and had to skip the ATP Cup games in Spain earlier this month.

“It is with great sadness that I have to drop out of Rotterdam,” said Nadal in a statement

As most fans know, I had back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued in Melbourne. We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play painlessly for the second week of the tournament.

“When I came back to Spain I went to see my doctor and together with my team they advised not to play this week.”

Nadal has not played in Rotterdam since 2009 and Daniil Medvedev, number three in the world, will replace him as the top seed in the tournament from March 1-7.

Despite the injury, Nadal only dropped a set in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, where he was eliminated by Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas last week.

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