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What are your thoughts on this topic?

Clearly Barcelona was never in Federer's plans, I assume he never showed up there, Nadal participated in Basel once, yet it happened before he became a well-known player.
We all know Nadal would easily beat Roger in Barcelona, and considering Basel's got a nightmare surface for Rafa, he would probably lose to Federer badly.
 

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Roger participates in Basel only because it's his home city
 

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When it comes to 250 or 500 events the top guys only play a few in a year and mostly they do it in a place they feel at home like Nadal at Barcelona or Federer at Basel or Dubai
 

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Actually i don´t see nothing gentelements about it, 500s are not mandatory and it is logical they don´t play there- Roger didn´t need to play Barca- clay tournament - Rafa´s home soil why he would play there to once again be demolished on clay for what? and Basel is in time when Valencia is there too so if Rafa will play he can play at home tournament and in this part of the season he mostly didn´t play at all. W could have been discussing this if Basel would be clay event and Barca indoor HC, than it could be weird they didn´t play there but, in thise circumstances it is absolutely logical.
 

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Rafa can't do anything Indoor and Roger doesn't want to have even worse H2H against Clay Master
 

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Kinda tired of the Rafa domination tour of Fed. We know who's the stronger player.
 

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I'm much more surprised when two or more of the top 4 are in a 500 together. Why did Murray enter Tokyo with Nadal instead Beijing, where neither Roger or Djokovic are going to show?
 

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They both skip Belgrade, so this is clearly a truce between Serbian, Swiss, and Spanish mafias.


Together they form an unstoppable force- the SSS.
 

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The top players play all the Slams and Masters, plus the YEC. Then they play warm-up events for the top tournaments. Then they play a select few other tournaments with purses too lucrative to pass up, like Doha.

Then they might have one or two events they have a personal connection to, or have historically achieved success there. Fed plays Basel, Nadal plays Barcelona, Djokovic plays the Serbian Open, Soderling plays the Swedish Open... the list goes on.

Finally, any room left in their schedule with events on their favoured surfaces where they can expect a better-than-average payday. Federer loves the indoor season, Nadal mostly sees it as a chance for a break after a hectic summer. Likewise, Federer is never that interested in the post-French Open clay events.

It's not really surprising they skip those two events. Neither offers either player much at all.
 
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