Rafael Nadal. Pic/AFP

Madrid: Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will sit out the upcoming Rotterdam Open after doctors told him he needed rest after his run to the Australian Open final.

'I'm very sorry I won't be able to play but the Australian Open took a lot out of me,' Nadal said. 'And my doctors are insisting I take it easy and get sufficient rest before playing again so as to avoid any fresh bout of injuries,' added the Mallorcan. His old foe Roger Federer recently beat him 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6 in the Australian Open final.