Sick Nadal pulls out of Australian Open
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.