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Perfect time for Nadal to take a break

Updated: August 17, 2012, 9:54 AM ET
By Peter Bodo

The news that Rafael Nadal has decided to skip the U.S. Open because of the tendinitis in his knees rocked the tennis world a few days ago. The decision means that Nadal, the world's No. 3-ranked player, will have missed two of the five biggest events of the year, the Olympics and the U.S. Open.

However, if you're reconciled to the fact that, (A) Nadal's tendinitis can officially be defined as chronic and career-threatening, and (B) his results usually begin to tail off during the American ...

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