Rafael Nadal made it official withdrawing from both Beijing and Shanghai events due to his right knee.
“Hi all, as you know I had to retire from my semifinal match at the US Open and this past Monday I visited my doctor in Barcelona, Spain checking my knee condition,” Nadal posted on Facebook.
“Although this knee pain is nothing new to me, we have decided together my medical and technical team that I won’t be playing the Asian swing in Beijing and Shanghai. I need to rest and recover my knee as always. I am very sorry I won’t be able to be with all my fans in China as well as the tournament organisers who have always been so supportive with me and my team.”
Nadal won Beijing last year and made the finals in Shanghai, so he will lose 1,100 ranking points while Novak Djokovic has no points to defend the rest of the season.
In the ATP Race, Djokovic is just 1,035 points behind Nadal. If Djokovic takes a wildcard into a Tokyo or Beijing and then wins Shanghai, he could enter the European indoor season as the leader.
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