Sick Nadal pulls out of Aus­tralian Open

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Wire ser­vices

Just when Rafael Nadal had re­cov­ered from a knee in­jury, a stom­ach virus has de­layed his re­turn from a knee in­jury to ten­nis by a cou­ple of months.

Nadal an­nounced Fri­day he will miss next month’s Aus­tralian Open and prob­a­bly won’t play again un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary. The Spa­niard said he needs time to re­cover from the virus that al­ready pre­vented him from coming back this week at Abu Dhabi.

■ Top-ranked No­vak Djokovic routed David Fer­rer 6-0, 6-3 on Fri­day to reach the fi­nal of the World Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship ex­hi­bi­tion tour­na­ment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emi­rates. He’ll face Spain’s Ni­co­las Al­ma­gro, who beat Janko Tip­sare­vic 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2.

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