World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will not participate in the Davis Cup final when his Spain team visits Argentina in a few weeks.
Nadal, who withdrew from this week’s Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, has been plagued with a right knee tendinitis.
“After a very long and positive year, it is terrible for me not to be able to participate at two of the events that were part of my goals of the year, Shanghai and the Davis Cup final,” Nadal said earlier today in a press conference in Barcelona.
Spainish team doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro said Nadal said Nadal would need three to six weeks to fully recover.
Spain will meet Argentina in the Davis Cup final on November 21 in Mar del Plata.
Nadal enjoyed his best season in 2008, finishing the year ranked No. 1 after winning eight titles including the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympic gold medal in Beijing.
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