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Rafael Nadal pulls out of London Olympics

10:17 AM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his Gentlemen's Singles second round match against Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2012 in London, England. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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MADRID (AP) - Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the London Olympics, saying he is 'not in condition' to compete.

Nadal said in a statement Thursday it is one of the saddest moments of his career and that he will not travel with the Spanish delegation to London. He was set to be the flag bearer for Spain during the opening ceremony.

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Nadal, who won the singles gold medal in Beijing four years ago, said he had failed to recover from a knee problem.

Nadal has not played since he was eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon to then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.

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