World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has officially withdrawn from the Swiss indoor tournament next week in Basel. Following two impressive tournaments in Asia, where he reached the final in Beijing (lost to Djokovic) and the semifinal in Shanghai (lost to del Potro), yet it appears the Spaniard will need some time off before the Paris Masters and the Barclays World Tour Finals in November.
On Friday, Rafa revealed the news on his Facebook page, stating that he is ”sorry to announce that I won’t travel to Basel in Switzerland but after very exhausting weeks I have to regroup my fitness and my body.”
He also mentioned that he will attempt to play the Basel Open next year.
Nadal, who had been sidelined for the majority of 2012 and the early portion of 2013, won two of the four Grand Slam titles this year, as well as a record-tying five Masters 1000 titles to boost him back in the No. 1 spot last week. He even followed up his US Open win with a Davis Cup victory, where he helped the Spanish team secure entry into the World Group stage, with a perfect 5-0 win over Ukraine. He has played 74 singles matches since returning to the tour in February.
The tournament is set to begin Monday in Basel, with 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer already confirmed as a participant. The full draw will be released within the next 24 hours.