The Basel tournament announced today that Rafael Nadal will return to the event for the first time since 2004. Nadal, who played Basel as a 17-year-old losing to Rainer Schuettler, joins a star-studded field which includes hometown hero Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro.
Months ago Federer and Basel had still not agreed to terms – imagine if Federer didn’t play and Nadal did! – but after unloading a truckload of cash now the tournament will have the two biggest stars in the game.
This is and has been Federer’s tournament so it will be interesting to see how his good friend and rival will be received.
Basel runs October 19-27.
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