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Rafael Nadal STILL on Mexico Open list after Roger Federer snub | Tennis | Sport

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Australian Open quarterfinals against Marin Cilic with a thigh problem.

The Spaniard could not continue after being broken in the fifth set.

He released a statement today insisting he is aiming to be fit for Acapulco, which starts on 26 February.

And the Spaniard remains on the list of players expected to compete in Mexico Open.

Acapulco have already suffered one blow ahead of their 25th instalment of the tournament, with Roger Federer definitely not attending.

RAFAEL NADAL COMEBACK DATE

Organisers last summer had hoped to lure Federer to the tournament to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the competition.

But Federer is scheduled to play in the Middle East, making Nadal’s inclusion all the more important for tournament organisers.

Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will all compete in Acapulco, while Lesia Tsurenko, Kristina Mladenovic and Sloane Stephens will headline the women’s draw.

Yet all the fanfare will be around Nadal, who has not won this tournament since 2013 but who reached the final on the Mexican clay last year.

Discussing his disappointment at not being able to play in Acapulco this year, Federer hinter back in December that he could arrange an out-of-season exhibition match instead.

He said: “Probably with Acapulco is it difficult as it clashes with Dubai, where I have been playing for many, many years and I like to go there.

“So I don't know at this point, but never say never. I love Dubai.

“Of course I would love to go visit Mexico again after all these years.”

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