Basel - Rafael
Nadal on Tuesday announced he will miss this month's Swiss Indoors
tournament, boosting arch rival Roger Federer's dream of ending the
season as world number one.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner told his Facebook followers he was skipping the October 21-29 tournament due to a knee injury.
"I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain," he wrote.
Federer beat the Spaniard at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday to close the gap at the top of the ATP rankings.
has closed to within 1 960 points of Nadal with 500 on offer in Basel
followed by the indoor tournament at Bercy in Paris and the
end-of-season ATP Finals in London.
In his social media statement, Nadal said he had seen his doctor on his return from China.
am suffering from an over-stressing of the knee and the problems were
already present at the tournament in Shanghai which now forces me to
take a time off on advice of my doctor," wrote Nadal.
"After two great weeks in China, with the title in Beijing and the final in Shanghai it is time for some rest.
want to send a special message to the many tennis fans in Switzerland
which have always showed great support and respect also on my matches
with Roger. Hope to see you next year."
Federer put on a
masterclass to beat Nadal 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday, the 36-year-old lifting
his sixth trophy this season and underlining a turnaround in fortunes
against his long-time nemesis.
The world No 2 ended a
sequence of five straight defeats to Nadal at Basel last year, before
winning their gripping Australian Open final in January.