Rafael Nadal: Bad Knees and Prolonged Absence Hurts US Open Chances
As the Rogers Cup nears it's closing stages and Novak Djokovic eyes the prize at the end of the road, somewhere not too far away Roger Federer is sitting back on his recliner and relishing his chances at the Cincinnati Masters, as well as the U.S. Open.
Why? Well, he is in form while his rivals are either struggling with theirs or with injuries and, secondly, he is resting for what is to come.
This isn't the same story though with world No. 3 Rafael Nadal.
The 11-time Grand Slam champion having pulled out early last week from the ongoing Rogers Cup in Toronto with injury, has now pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters.
This piece of news, however, isn't important just for the obvious reasons. Of course, his withdrawal will represent a third straight tournament that Nadal will miss through injury and it will mean that half the Cincinnati draw will be partly open, but it also puts doubt not only on Nadal's U.S. Open participation but also on his chances if he does participate.
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