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Nadal out of season-opening Abu Dhabi event

Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s season-opening exhibition event in Abu Dhabi due to ongoing fitness problems, the world number one has said. The 16-time grand slam champion, who won the French and U.S. Opens earlier this year, withdrew from the ATP Finals in November after struggling with a knee injury during his round-robin defeat by Belgian David Goffin. Read More: Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions The 31-year-old Spaniard, who has previously played at the tournament on eight occasions,…