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Injured Nadal skips Toronto

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Rafael Nadal has been forced to pull out of the Rogers Cup with a knee injury.

The world No. 3, who was unable to defend his Olympic title after struggling with the problem, has not shaken off the injury in time ahead of the tournament in Toronto.

"Hi all, wanted to let you know that I won't be playing Toronto this year," Nadal posted on his Facebook page. "I am not ready to play and I hope to be back in 2014 at that great tournament that has always treated me very well. I am continuing with my [recuperation] and practice. Thanks!"

Nadal has not played since his shock second round defeat to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon, and now faces a race to be fit for the US Open, which starts on August 27.

Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale said: "We're obviously disappointed that he won't be in Toronto this year but we wish him a speedy recovery so he can return to the tour as soon as possible."

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