Rafael Nadal apologises to Roger Federer

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Rafael Nadal apologises to Roger Federer over comments made about a dispute with the ATP.

Rafael Nadal has admitted that he regrets publicly criticising Roger Federer over his role in the tennis world.

The world number two claimed that Federer should do more after disputes within the ATP over prize money and the tour schedule.

But Nadal quickly defused the situation after his Australian Open win over Alex Kuznetsov.

The Spaniard said: "Yesterday what I said, I said but I was probably wrong telling you because these things must stay in the locker room.

"I feel sorry for saying it because I should have said it to him personally."

Federer also booked his place in the second round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Alexander Kudryavtsev.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060
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