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Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

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Originally published on: 03/11/11 11:11

Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris next week.

The world No.2, who has not played since his defeat to Florian Mayer in the last sixteen in Shanghai early in October, announced the decision on his facebook page.

“It’s been a difficult decision to take but I understand that it is what I need to do right now to prepare well for the end of this season and also for 2012,” said Nadal.

“I hope I can be back in 2012 to that great event in the most beautiful city in the world, and hopefully try to win it once day.”

The Mallorcan also pulled out of the Masters 1000 event in Paris last year after suffering from tendonitis in his shoulder following a long and successful 2010 season, and he was forced to retire at the quarter-final stage of the tournament two years earlier, in 2008, with injury. 

Nadal, who has struggled to find full fitness towards the end of the season in the past, will hope to recover in time for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on November 20, followed by the Davis Cup final on December 2-4.

The 25 year old failed to win a match at the London debut of the year-end event at the O2 Arena in 2009, losing to Robin Soderling, Nikolay Davydenko and Novak Djokovic in straight sets, but made up for that last year when he reached the final before losing to indoor expert Roger Federer.

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