Nadal set to rest

Nadal set to rest

But while the three-time Grand Slam champion's practises have been light, he is due to up the intensity as he looks to prepare for a meeting with Roger Federer in an exhibition match, according to the Telegraph.

Federer has closed to within 1,960 points of Nadal with 500 on offer in Basel followed by the indoor tournament at Bercy in Paris and the end-of-season ATP Finals in London. Following that, Federer would have the chance to pick up another 1,000 points at the Rolex Paris Masters (Oct. 30-Nov. 5). Federer will be seeking his eighth Swiss Indoors title.

The Spaniard says he is suffering from an "over-stressing of the knee" and has chose to listen to doctors' orders and not compete in Switzerland next week.

"After two great weeks in China, with the title in Beijing and the final in Shanghai it is time for some rest", he added. "Hope to see you next year", wrote Nadal thanking his Swiss fans. "After seeing his team doctor in Barcelona, the World No. 1 sadly had to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel". But, for a guy who used to suffer from tendinitis in his both knees, it's no surprise at all. The problems were already present at the tournament in Shanghai...

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The world number one's withdrawal from the Basel event will hand Federer - the current number two - an advantage in their race to finish the year as the top-ranked men's singles player.

The first set was dominated by Federer - the Swiss from the first attempt made the break and held on to his serve allowed Nadal to win only four goals. While Federer claimed victory at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Nadal prevailed at the French Open and U.S. Open.

Federer beat the Spaniard at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday to close the gap at the top of the ATP rankings.

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