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Rafael Nadal has sore shoulder

Updated: December 29, 2011, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Rafael Nadal plans to take several weeks off after the Australian Open to recover from a nagging shoulder injury.

The second-ranked Nadal said Thursday the injury surfaced before the ATP World Tour Finals in November and that he was still "not 100 percent." He only decided three days ago to defend his title at the World Tennis Championships, a two-day exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

"I had a problem before London with my shoulder and I ...

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