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Nadal set for December return

Tennis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Rafael Nadal is set to make his long-awaited return to tennis at an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament in December.

Organizers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship said on Tuesday in a statement that Nadal is set to join a field including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and David Ferrer

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HALLE, GERMANY - JUNE 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during his quarter final match against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day five of the Gerry Weber Open at Gerry Weber Stadium on June 15, 2012 in Halle, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Starke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The tournament runs from December 27-29.

Nadal hasn't played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June. He is recovering from a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

Nadal said last month he had no timetable for his return and the 11-time Grand Slam champion hopes to play in the Australian Open in January. – Sapa-AP

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