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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Cincinnati Masters for rest after winning Toronto title

World number one Rafael Nadal has pulled out of this week's Cincinnati Masters, citing a need for rest.

Sport360 staff 2018/08/13

World number one Rafael Nadal has pulled out of this week’s Cincinnati Masters.

The 32-year-old Spaniard, who won the title in 2013, feels he needs a rest following Sunday’s victory at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

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

“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.

“I am sure the tournament will be a success and I wish him and his team all the best. I am also sad for those amazing fans in Cincy and around who always gave me great support.

“I am sure I’ll see them next year and I am sorry I won’t be with them this year. Thanks for all the support as always.”

Nadal, the 17-time Grand Slam winner, collected his 80th career title on Sunday by beating Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 7-6 (7/4).

The US Open, the final grand slam of the year, starts on August 27.

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