Posted: Mon January 6, 2014 12:26PM; Updated: Mon January 6, 2014 12:26PM

Gael Monfils withdraws from Heineken Open due to fatigue

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Gael Monfils put up a fight, but lost to Rafael Nadal in the final of the Qatar Open.
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- Gael Monfils has withdrawn from next week's Heineken Open ATP tennis tournament in Auckland, citing fatigue.

The 31-ranked Frenchman, who was to be the tournaments seventh seed, told organizers Sunday he would be unable to play after losing to Rafael Nadal in three sets in the final of the Qatar Open.

Fourth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson is also an uncertain starter after pulling out of the Brisbane International with a virus which caused him to spend two nights in hospital. He is not due to play his first singles until Wednesday.

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