Rafael Nadal to miss Asian tournaments with knee injury

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Wimbledon and US Open champion Novak Djokovic will hope Nadal's absence can help his push to become the prestigious season-ending number one at the Paris Masters and World Tour finals in November with Nadal's injury opening the door for his return to top spot.

After visiting the doctor in Barcelona, Rafa made a decision to skip the Asian swing where he won 1100 points 12 months ago after lifting the trophy in Beijing and finishing runner-up in Shanghai and this means that Novak Djokovic is the favorite to finish the season as the year-end number 1 despite winning just six matches prior to Rome!

Nadal is the defending champion in Beijing, where he beat Nick Kyrgios in the final a year ago. The gap between them now stands at 2,315 points.

'Hello everyone, as you know I had to retire in the semi-finals of the US Open and have been in Barcelona with doctors assessing the situation of my knee, ' Nadal tweeted.

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But of more importance is Nadal's long-term recovery from a problem that has seen him miss long periods throughout his career.

"I am sorry I can't be with all the fans in China and with the organisers of the Beijing and Shanghai tournaments that have always had a great relationship with me and my team".

It was the third time that Nadal had retired in a Grand Slam match and the second this year.

The Spaniard was due to play at both Chinese events, scheduled to begin on September 23 and October 7 respectively, but a knee injury sustained in this month's US Open put his attendance at the competitions, known collectively as the "Asian Swing", in doubt.

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