Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Shanghai, Boosts Djoković’s Chances for World No. 1 Pursuit

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Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will not play in the Shanghai Masters Tournament next week due to a left-arm injury, ATP announced today.

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Nadal, a 2009 and 2017 finalist in Shanghai, pulled out from the Laver Cup finals two weeks ago due to left wrist inflammation.

Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament mostly benefits Novak Djoković and his fight for the first place in the ATP rankings. The Spaniard had a chance to participate in the event that would potentially bring him 1,000 points closer to Novak in the race. One reason for skipping Shanghai is an injury to his left wrist that forced him to withdraw from the Laver Cup. The other reason is that he’s getting married in October with his longtime girlfriend, Maria Francisca.

This isn’t the first time that Rafa skips post-US Open tournaments. He usually used this time of the year to preserve his body and his troubled knee. This year, however, he doesn’t seem to struggle with the knee, but he’s having problems with inflammation to his left hand.

In 2019, Nadal has a 47-6 win-loss record and has won four titles so far – Rome, French Open, Cincinnati, and the US Open. The Spaniard never won the Shanghai Masters but reached the finals twice.

Djoković currently holds the No. 1 spot on the rankings, but both players are struggling with injuries and their battered bodies after a gruelling season. The Serbian sensation has been recovering from a shoulder injury that prevented him from finishing the match with Stan Wawrinka in the US Open. He had to pull the plug in the fourth round, being two sets down.

Nadal is scheduled to return to action at the Paris Masters that takes place on October 28.