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Two-time Slam winner's absence from Shanghai not exactly a hot topic

Originally Published: October 8, 2013
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

SHANGHAI -- You usually can't help noticing the void the absence of a top player leaves.

Take for instance Rafael Nadal, who sat out the entire second half of 2012 to mend his menacingly achy knees. No matter where you were, the Spaniard became the seminal topic of conversation at times: How are his knees? When will he return? Will he be as good as ever?

"My position last year in that moment was a position that I didn't know when I have the chance to be back," said Nadal, addressing ...

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