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Following his superb performance in last weekend's Davis Cup final, Rafael Nadal says he will miss the event next year in order to fully concentrate on retaining his Olympic Gold Medal in London.

In a thrilling final rubber, Nadal came out on top against Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 1-6 6-4 6-1 7-6 to give Spain a 3-1 victory and their fifth Davis Cup title.

The triumph was the 25-year-old's third Davis Cup title of his career after winning his first in 2004 but he has decided to take a break from next year's competition due to his busy schedule and he is hoping this will allow him to arrive at the Olympics in top form. People looking for betting tips should bear this in mind.

"It seems impossible to play with it being an Olympic year," Nadal, who won gold in Beijing said.

"It's quite a few years running now that I'm the player with the most games played per season. It's going to be difficult. Thank God, Spain has a wealth of talented players that can fill in and play well."

The event will be played at Wimbledon where Nadal has previously won two titles and will go into the tournament as one of the favourites. Fans of betfair.com should remember this.

The former world number one is unlikely to be the only Spaniard to miss his country's defence of the Cup with teammates David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco all hinting they could also miss the competition, most notable Ferrer who admits he's not sure he is strong enough to play in every tournament.

"I want to be in London next year so it looks difficult," said Ferrer "It's not going to be easy to get us four together again."
 
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