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By Ajay Tyagi
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World no 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew from season ending Masters Cup to be held in Shanghai, China due to right knee injury. This means Ninth-ranked Frenchman Gilles Simon will fill the place against Nadal
In his blog he informs �I have decided not to compete at the Masters Cup in Shanghai. As I say this is one of the most difficult decisions in my career due to the importance of the event and above all, due to the fact that I won�t be able to share time with the fans in China and the tournament organizers that always have treated me in such special way�.
He comments-it has been a long and difficult year where I managed to obtain great results, both on a professional and on a personal level. I have mentioned in various occasions that the tennis calendar has been extremely hard with practically every single week playing. This forces players to put pressure on our bodies, making it impossible for a top level player to be 100% at each event.
He further says �On a personal level I had as one of my goals to become #1 during this year and competing at so many events might have harmed, specially at the end of the season, my physical condition, taking away the power needed to play at a high level in these last events. I don�t know if this has been a mistake or not but the fact is that with the goal achieved I also have to take one of the most difficult and painful decisions�
Nadal said he has not yet undergone an MRI on his knee and suggested his Shanghai withdrawal is a precautionary measure to ensure he will be healthy for the Davis Cup final.
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