Tennis World number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday pulls out from next week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters event as he prepares for this month’s US Open. The 32-year-old scooped the 80th title of his career earlier Sunday with victory at the Toronto Masters. However the Spaniard said in a statement following the win that he had decided to adjust his schedule in order to preserve his fitness. “I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year,” Nadal said. “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 to him and understands the situation.
“I am sure the tournament will be a success and I wish him and his team all the best.”
Leaving the second seed Roger Federer a clear favorite for the trophy.
“I only want to play, I want to be everywhere. I love this sport. I don’t like to miss events. But at some point if I don’t stop for myself, my body stop me. So that’s the experience that I have.”