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Indian Wells 2013 champion Rafael Nadal has officially withdrawn his participation at the upcoming Miami Masters 2013 tournament in order to rest his knee. The former top-ranked player has been playing a rather demanding schedule since he made his comeback on tour in February 2013 which saw him winning three out of four events he participated.
“We are disappointed to hear the news that Rafael Nadal will not be competing in Miami this year, especially given his strong results since his return to the Tour. He is a tremendous ambassador for the game and has thousands of adoring fans here in South Florida. We wish him well and hope to see him back in Miami next year. The Sony Open is looking forward to a tremendous two weeks of tennis with the likes of two-time defending Australian Open men’s champion Novak Djokovic, defending Olympic gold medalist and US Open men’s champion Andy Murray, 2013 Australian Open women’s champion Victoria Azarenka, reigning French Open women’s champion Maria Sharapova and defending Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic champion Serena Williams competing against the rest of the world’s best players here in Miami.” Sony Open Tennis Tournament Director Adam Barrett said in a statement.