Rafa Roundup: Roger Federer will replace Rafael Nadal for inaugural IPTL

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Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organisers pulled off a coup on Monday by naming Swiss maestro Roger Federer as replacement for the injured Spaniard. “I am very disappointed to announce that I will not be part of the first edition of the IPTL,” Nadal, 28, said in a statement from the organisers. “I was looking forward to representing Indian Aces and playing in front of fans in New Delhi in the exciting new League. “I wish the team the very best and hope to be back next year.”

When it comes to a contest, Rafa Nadal is used to taking on one opponent at a time. But when he faces Ronaldo on November 6 in a heads-up duel, he won’t have his years of tennis experience to draw upon – he’ll be facing him at the poker table using all the skills he’s learned since starting on his poker journey.

The Rafa watch — It is Nadal’s return that be might be the most interesting to watch, with a wrist injury keeping the Spaniard sidelined since his fourth-round defeat at Wimbledon. He will play an exhibition before beginning his first tournament in Beijing and has traditionally not done well during this portion of the season. This time, he is in an unusual position — not as tired as usual but lacking match practice. As such, it’s hard to tell how he might do, especially since conditions at these events do not suit his game.

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  1. For him it is better not to play this show-event. relax and enjoy the free time beetwen the the year! Good decision Rafa!

  2. Yes it’s ok rafa we know u haven’t played since Wimbledon we rafans understand but so looking forward to seeing u in Beijing it’s good of to pull our of that tournament u will need to rest the wrist for sure Vamos nadal

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