Nadal and Federer among stars preparing for Australian Open fight

Kristopher Nichols
December 25, 2017

The Spaniard withdrew from the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in November after losing to David Goffin, citing a knee injury that had also forced him out of November's Paris Masters.

Nadal is slated to make a comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, beginning December 29.

As for when he saw the world number one ranking within his sights, the 31-year-old states that it was during the early clay season when things started to evolve.

Nadal is now looking forward to better preparation and better results at the first major of the season Australian Open, starting January 15. 1 has to withdraw from next week's Abu Dhabi exo.

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However, Nadal looks set to become the third man this week to pull out of the six-player competition: Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic have already withdrawn. "For this reason, I have sadly announced to the organizers and now to you fans that I won't play this time in Abu Dhabi".

Countryman Roberto Bautista-Agut takes Nadal's place in a once-shiny event that has lost much luster.

After struggling with injuries a year ago, Federer and Nadal have enjoyed a remarkable resurgence over the past 12 months - sharing the four grand slams between them.

"I am very sorry and disappointed to announce that I won't be competing this year at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship", he said, via the event's official website. EPA/MADE NAGISpanish tennis player Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Austrian Dominic Thiem during their Mutua Madrid Open men's final match, at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 14 May 2017.

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