Nadal pulls out of China Open and Shanghai Masters with knee trouble

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The China Open Beijing Co-Tournament Director Thomas Ross commented on Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from the event due to a right knee injury.

Nadal 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.

"While the discomfort in my knee is nothing new, we have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian swing to rehabilitate the knee in the way we have always done".

Nadal, 32, pulled out of China Open and Shanghai Masters tournaments citing knee injury, he said in a Facebook post.

The China Open in Beijing starts on October 1 and the Shanghai Masters begins seven days later.

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His fondness for playing in front of his many fans here in Beijing is well known, and we loolk forward to the next year when he can return to delight us all.' Nadal is the defending champion in Beijing, last year he defeated the Australian Nick Kyrgios in a straight-set final.

Still, no-one can deny that a Nadal-Federer team would be one of the most enjoyable to watch, and also a force to be reckoned with.

Djokovic, seeded sixth at the U.S. Open, beat Del Potro in the final to claim his second Grand Slam title this year and rise to third in the rankings, behind Nadal and Roger Federer.

He lost in the semi-finals at Wimbledon to Djokovic before the knee problem hampered his progress at Flushing Meadows.

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