The Straits Times
Published on Sep 02, 2012

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


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.