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Tennis: I hope Nadal plays again this year, says Federer

Published on Sep 2, 2012 7:35 AM
 
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on against Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their men's singles third round match on Day Six of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Roger Federer wants to see injury-hit Rafael Nadal back playing this year despite fears that his great Spanish rival is likely to miss the Davis Cup semi-final and even write off the rest of 2012.

Nadal, the seven-time French Open champion, hasn't played since a shock second round exit at Wimbledon in June.

He was forced to sit out the Olympics to recover from more problems with his knees, a requirement which also forced him to miss the ongoing US Open where he was champion in 2010 and runner-up last year.

"It's obviously not great news but one that was a possibility," said world number one Federer when told that Nadal could be forced to delay his return to the tour until 2013.

 
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