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A good decision by Rafa. He's 32 and seems he learned his lesson from last year. He's had a great week in Toronto and won it, the US is all that matters now.

PS The OP seems to be afraid of Rafa. Good to see. :smile2:
 

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That was quick. :lol: probably a good decision. ;)
 

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Usually the lucky loser would love to replace #1 seed in a draw but it's still a fairly tough section even without Nadal!

A little surprised he has withdrawn, but it seems like a lot of the top players as they get older are going to take these protective breaks and skip large events that ideally they would be playing.
 

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No problem, Rafa has that luxury now that Toronto 2018 is in the bag. Rest a few days, if needed, and fly to New York City directly to start practicing for the US Open defense and 18th slam. Vamos.
 

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So happy with this decision
TBH..

Absolutely nothing to gain and plenty to lose. Despite wining in 2013, it is his worst Masters in terms of results/performance (only two other SFs)..Balls and court conditions completely differ from NY..

Then you have a hilariously brutal draw: he was going to get botted out by Raonic in his first match anyway. At best, or worst, get routined by Novak in the QF and have his confidence dented for a mere 180 ATP points..
 

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Wow Rafa and his team finally taking a sensible decision for once, really great news :)

The reason he was able to go deep in Wimbledon was directly related to not playing any tennis earlier this season (Acapulco, Indian Wells, Miami). Skipping Cincy gives Rafa a huge boost for the US Open + Indoor Season.


I really hope he skips Beijing too but knowing Rafa he will play there :(
 

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Wow, Rafa finally making a sensible scheduling decision. Am I dreaming? :lol:

At this stage of his career, it's only the slams that matter so a great decision by him.
 

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Then you have a hilariously brutal draw: he was going to get botted out by Raonic in his first match anyway. At best, or worst, get routined by Novak in the QF and have his confidence dented for a mere 180 ATP points..
So Nadal consciously trying to avoid possible defeats after the fiasco at last year's YEC? >:)

Would make sense in another universe...
 

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Wow Rafa and his team finally taking a sensible decision for once, really great news :)

The reason he was able to go deep in Wimbledon was directly related to not playing any tennis earlier this season (Acapulco, Indian Wells, Miami). Skipping Cincy gives Rafa a huge boost for the US Open + Indoor Season.


I really hope he skips Beijing too but knowing Rafa he will play there :(
If prioritization is what Rafa wants to do, he should skip Beijing and Basel, both are ATP 500s.

Focus on the big fish; Shanghai, Paris, and Tour Finals, all are > 1,000 points which he never won in his career. Any wins at these 3 events will boost his tennis resume.
 
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