Nadal to join Federer, Sampras in Malaysia exhibitions

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BANGKOK, Sep 24 (Reuters) Spain's Rafael Nadal will join world number one Roger Federer and 14-times grand slam winner Pete Sampras in a series of exhibition matches in Malaysia in November.

Nadal, the world number two, will face France's Richard Gasquet in Kuala Lumpur on November 20, two days before Federer and Sampras play each other for the first time, organisers said today.

The exhibition matches are part of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Malaysia's independence.

The one-off contest will be Nadal's first event in Southeast Asia following his withdrawal from this week's Thailand Open because of a knee injury.

REUTERS BJR KN1647

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