Rafael Nadal withdraws from Cincinnati Masters, as expected

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters as he adjusts his schedule to retain fitness ahead of the last Grand Slam of the season – the U.S. Open in New York.

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Speaking after the match, Rafa was asked by Brad Gilbert what his plans were for next week. Our champ replied: “I don’t know. I have to come back and speak to my team and let’s see.”

Later, it was reported that Rafa pulled out of the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, citing fatigue after winning his record-extending 35th Masters 1000 title earlier in Montreal.

Rafa’s decision to opt-out of Cincinnati promises to yield a stronger campaign at the U.S. Open later in August, and he’ll be hoping that his only warm-up event at the Rogers Cup will be sufficient preparation for New York.

Rest up, Rafa! See you soon in New York City!