Rafael Nadal will miss the first round of the International Tennis Federation’s Laver Cup in Hamburg

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup due to ‘personal reasons’

WTA star and five-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal will miss the first round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s Laver Cup in Hamburg next weekend due to “personal reasons”.

Nadal, the top seed at this year’s Australian Open, is set to take on former US Open finalist Nikolay Davydenko and former world No 1 David Ferrer in the group stage of the event, where he is set to begin his quest to become a five-time champion at the All England Club.

It has been a frustrating few months for Nadal, who has struggled at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where he is bidding to complete a career Grand Slam and his 100th career singles triumph and, at 36, looks to have hit a new low point.

The star hasn’t won a match in Melbourne since the US Open in January. The last time he played there was in 2008, when Nadal defeated world No 34 Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

Since then, Nadal has lost both the US Open and Australian Open through four of his five Grand Slam defeats to Djokovic, Murray, and Djokovic again. He was eventually beaten in the final of the 2013 Australian Open by Andy Murray, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6.

Nadal has won two WTA titles and one ATP title at the Australian Open. He won his only title on Indian soil in the 2010 final in Mumbai against Caroline Wozniacki.

He also won the Dubai tournament in 2013, his fourth title on clay in the last five years and second title on clay in Dubai in three years.

Nadal has played his way into the top eight for the first time since his loss

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