Rafael Nadal pulls out of Cincinnati Masters

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Rafael Nadal won his only Cincinnati title five years ago; Getty Images

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of this week’s ATP Masters event in Cincinnati following his victory in Toronto on Sunday.

The Spaniard beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Canada to claim his 33rd Masters and 80th ATP World Tour title.

Nadal had a bye in the first round in Cincinnati and was drawn to face Milos Raonic or Dusan Lajovic in his opening match.

REPORT: Nadal beats Tsitsipas to win Toronto title

“I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year,” Nadal posted on social media on Monday.

“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.”

Nadal, who won the Cincinnati title in 2013, will now focus on defending his US Open title – the last Grand Slam of the year gets under way in New York on 27 August.

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