Nadal to play at The Queen's Club Cham­pi­onships

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE - LON­DON -REUTERS

World num­ber one Rafael Nadal will play in the Queen's Club Cham­pi­onships in June - 10 years af­ter win­ning the event as part of a sum­mer tre­ble.

Nadal, who has with­drawn from the past two tour­na­ments at the Lon­don venue, won the French Open and Wim­ble­don ei­ther side of his 2008 Queen's ti­tle.

"It was an un­for­get­table year. I am very ex­cited to be play­ing Queen's again," the 31-year-old Spa­niard said.

Five-time cham­pion Andy Mur­ray also in­tends to re­turn for the tour­na­ment.

The Bri­tish num­ber one, 30, had hip surgery in last month af­ter pulling out of the year's first ma­jor, the Aus­tralian Open, and has tar­geted a come­back for the grass-court sea­son.

Nadal was forced to re­tire in the fifth set of his quar­ter-fi­nal against Marin Cilic in Mel­bourne, only the se­cond time in 264 Grand Slam matches that he had done so.

Twice a Wim­ble­don cham­pion, Nadal reached the fi­nal at SW19 five times in six years from 2006 and ap­peared in the pre­ced­ing event at Queen's Club in each of those years.

His 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 vic­tory over No­vak Djokovic in 2008 is re­garded as one of the great matches at the west Lon­don venue and when he beat Roger Fed­erer in five sets at Wim­ble­don later that sum­mer he be­came the first man to win the three cov­eted cham­pi­onships in the same year since Bjorn Borg in 1980.

Nadal is ex­pected to com­pete again in Mex­ico this month as he at­tempts to keep Fed­erer from the world num­ber one spot and will be tar­get­ing an 11th French Open ti­tle at Roland Gar­ros in May.

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