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Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup

London, Sep 24 (UNI): Rafael Nadal on Saturday pulled out of the remainder of the Laver Cup due to personal reasons. He will be replaced by Cameron Norrie, the organisers of the tournament said on Saturday.

Nadal partnered with friend and rival Roger Federer in a doubles match for team Europe that brought down the curtain on the Swiss great’s glittering tennis career on Friday. The duo, however, lost 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 to Team World’s Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in two hours and 13 minutes.

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The Spaniard later said that an important part of him was also leaving the Tour with the retirement of Federer. Italian Matteo Berrettini comes in place of in Team Europe.

Nadal is also expecting his first child with wife Mery Perello soon but made the trip to London to play alongside Federer in the Swiss maestro’s final professional outing.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has played only five singles matches after withdrawing ahead of the Wimbledon semifinal. He made an early US Open exit. Nadal had the opportunity to become world no. 1 after the US Open, but he lost in the fourth round to Frances Tiafoe of the USA.

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