07:30 13 Aug 2019
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming 2019 Cincinnati Masters, citing fatigue.
Tournament officials confirmed that the world’s second-ranked player will once again be absent from the Masters 1000 event, just hours after he recorded a convincing straight-sets win against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (6-3, 6-0) in the final of the Rogers Cup in Canada.
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The Spaniard informed tournament officials shortly after his Rogers Cup win, as well as telling reporters in post-match comments, that he will not be taking part in the Ohio tournament.
“World No 2 Rafael Nadal, our 2013 champion, has withdrawn from #CincyTennis citing fatigue,” Cincinnati organisers posted on Twitter.
Nadal will now focus on the upcoming US Open beginning on August 26 and will arrive in New York in confident mood after his resounding, one-sided victory against Russia’s Medvedev.
“He played a great game, some very long rallies,” said Nadal after the match. “For me, personally, it was important to start the match in good shape.
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“He came to that match playing so well, playing a lot of matches (in recent) weeks. For me, it was a different story. I only played three matches on hard (courts) before this one.
“I think I played a good first game, too. He had a break point. I played well. I saved that game. After that I think I played a solid match, my best match of the week so far without a doubt.”