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Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has announced he will not be able to play next week at the Rotterdam Open because he needs rest to avoid possible injuries.

"I am very sorry to announce I won't be able to play in Rotterdam," Nadal said on social media, reports Efe.

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Tennis star Rafael Nadal told Spanish bank Banco Sabadell's customers in this northwestern city that living in Spain did not make sense from a tax standpoint, but he was happy in his homeland.

"In terms of managing assets, perhaps it would be better to go to another country with more beneficial conditions, but Spain is where I'm happy, with my family and friends," he said.

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Swiss legend Roger Federer returned to the top 10 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) men's singles rankings released on Monday, after winning his fifth Australian Open singles title.

Federer, who defeated Spanish great Rafael Nadal on Sunday 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, jumped seven positions and is now placed 10th.

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Legendary Swiss Roger Federer added yet another glorious chapter to his fantastic tale by claiming a record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday, but it was his comments after the match that left fans swooning in disbelief at their idol.

Not only is Federer a fantastic tennis player, he showed that he was also a wonderful human being saying after his five set triumph over long time rival Rafael Nadal, "Tennis is a tough sport, there are no draws but if there were I would have been happy to share it with Rafa. When we saw each other four or five months ago (at Nadal's academy) we never believed we could be in the finals. I'm very happy for you, I would have been happy to lose."

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Roger Federer has won his fifth Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam title, defeating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a thrilling contest at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday. Federer's win tonight saw him claim his first Grand Slam title win since winning Wimbledon in 2012. The win snapped a six-match losing streak to Nadal in Grand Slam play. Before Sunday night, Federer's most recent major win over his great rival came in the Wimbledon final of 2007.

At the age of 35, Federer made history by becoming the second oldest Grand Slam singles male champion after Australian Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open at 37.

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Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal set up a dream Australian Open final with his long-time rival Swiss legend Roger Federer, defeating Bulgarian youngster Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-7(4) 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Friday.

Friday night's victory over Dimitrov was Nadal's eighth in nine career meetings with the Bulgarian, who played in a major semi-final for the second time after first reaching the final four at Wimbledon in 2014.

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Tennis Australia today announced an exciting new partnership with the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy.

The 14-time Grand Slam singles champion opened his new tennis academy in Spain last year. The wide-ranging deal will involve Australian players utilising the world-class facilities for training and camps, as well as a destination for coaches and Australian tennis enthusiasts. The agreement will also allow Australian athletes and their teams to use the Mallorca-based academy as a base during their European tours.

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