Rafael Nadal pulls out of Laver Cup after doubles with Roger Federer for ‘personal reasons’



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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the rest of the Laver Cup for personal reasons, after partnering with long-time rival and friend Roger Federer in doubles to mark the end of Federer’s career.

The Laver Cup confirmed Nadal’s withdrawal Twitter on Saturday, adding that Britain’s Cameron Norrie would replace him. Due to an injury, Federer was also unable to play the rest of the competition and was replaced by Matteo Berrettini.

Nadal and Federer, who have won 42 Grand Slam titles between them, teamed up for the last time on Friday to play a doubles match for Team Europe against Americans Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe representing Team World .

Images later circulated on social media of the two men – whose rivalry had transcended tennis – crying side by side during the post-match ceremony to standing ovations and live music Ellie Goulding.

Despite winning two Grand Slams, Nadal’s season has been overshadowed by a foot injury and a more recent abdominal injury which forced him to miss his Wimbledon semi-final.

Nadal has won a record 22 Grand Slams while Federer has won 20.

He is also expecting his first child with wife Mery Perello soon, Reuters reported.

“I’m not good, I’m not good,” Nadal told reporters after Friday’s match, according to ESPN. “The truth is that they have been difficult weeks in this sense. Few, very few hours of sleep, a little stress in general, situations a little more difficult than usual at home.

“As a result, well, I’ve had to deal with all this, which is a different pressure than you’re used to in your professional life. But, well, luckily everything is fine and we are much calmer. And in this sense, I was able to come here, which for me was the most important thing.”

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