Rafael Nadal pulls out of Cincinnati Open

Following his victory at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday, Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Cincinnati Open.

The world No.1 beat Greek sensation, Stefanos Tsitsipas in Canada to claim his 33rd Masters and 80th ATP World Tour title.

The Spaniard, having received a bye in the first round in Cincinnati, was drawn to face Milos Raonic or Dusan Lajovic in his opening match, but has now announced his decision not to feature in the event as he bids to be in perfect shape for the US Open.

“I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year,” Nadal posted on Social Media.

“No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now.

“I am very thankful to my friend Andre Silva, Tournament Director of the Cincinnati tournament, who after speaking to him on the phone understood what I said and understands the situation.”

The 2013 Cincinnati Open champion will now focus on defending his US Open title – the last Grand Slam of the year gets underway in New York on 27 August.

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