Michael Stich tried his best. After having Roger Federer (all news on Federer here) coming back to Hamburg in 2013, the tennis legend was hoping to welcome World No.2 and French Open champion Rafael Nadal (all news on Nadal here) to compete at the 2014 bet-at-home Open.
To increase Stich's hopes and chances the ATP World Tour rankings seemed ready to help. If Nadal were to play in Germany, winning the title, he could have fill up the gap that separated him from Novak Djokovic on top of the men's rankings, thus getting back to World No.1 Perfect scenario, but it's not going to happen! Despite the calculation Rafa probably made, the Spaniard is much more willing to enjoy his time off tennis and relax himself in the sun and summer with his friends and family.
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