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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Cincinnati

spanish player Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, the world number one, retired from the Cincinnati Tennis Masters to retain his fitness in preparation for defending his US Open title.

Spaniard Nadal, 32, defeated young Greek Stephanos Tetipas to win his 80th title by winning the Toronto Open on Sunday.

“I’m very sorry to announce my absence from Cincinnati this year,” Nadal said on Twitter after crowning the title.

“There is no other reason than my desire to take care of my body and maintain my current health.”

“I thank my friend André Silva, director of Cincinnati, who understood my position after talking to him over the phone.”

With Nadal’s withdrawal, Roger Federer, the world number two, who pulled out of the Toronto tournament, became the highest rated in Cincinnati.

The US Open starts on August 27 in New York.

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