World number one Rafael Nadal of Spain announced on Wednesday he will not attend the Beijing and Shanghai tournaments as he recovers from a knee injury that forced him to retire in the semifinals of the US Open, a decision that will increase the chances of Novak Djokovic finished the year at the top of the list.
Nadal was forced to retire in the semifinals of the U.S. Open against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in Flushing Meadows because of a tendinitis in his right knee and now will also miss next month’s tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai.
Djokovic, the sixth seed in the U.S. Open, beat Del Potro in the final to claim his second title in the Grand Slam this year and place third in the world rankings, behind Nadal and Roger Federer.
“While the discomfort in my knee is nothing new, we decided along with my medical team and technician not to participate in the Asian tour to recover the knee the way we’ve always done,” said Nadal on his Twitter account.
The Mallorcan leads the world rankings with 8,760 points: 1,860 ahead of Federer and 2,315 more than Djokovic.