Nadal withdraws from Asian Swing

Rafael Nadal pulls out of tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to knee injury

The 17-time Grand Slam champion had to pull out during his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in NY and also missed Spain's Davis Cup defeat by France last weekend.

"I had to retire from the semi-finals of the U.S. Open and this past Monday I was with doctors in Barcelona to review the situation with my knee", Nadal wrote on Twitter.

World number one Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai due to the right knee injury that forced him to retire from the US Open earlier this month.

After visiting the doctor in Barcelona, Rafa chose to skip the Asian swing where he won 1100 points 12 months ago after lifting the trophy in Beijing and finishing runner-up in Shanghai and this means that Novak Djokovic is the favorite to finish the season as the year-end number 1 despite winning just six matches prior to Rome!

That would set up an exciting end to the campaign where Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have it all to play for at the Paris Masters and ATP World Tour Final - of which none of the trio are defending champions.

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"While my knee problems are nothing new, I have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian tour to recover".

Meanwhile, Nadal's injury also caused him to miss out on Spain's Davis Cup semi-final clash with France last week.

The 32-year-old Nadal, who has often dealt with knee pain, won the Beijing tournament last year.

Nadal has reached four Grand Slam finals in the past two years - winning the US Open in 2017 and back-to-back French Open titles in 2017 and 2018.

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