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Rafael Nadal began his season by reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Nadal Announces Miami Withdrawal

The lefty is 40-12 at the ATP Masters 1000 event

Rafael Nadal announced on Tuesday that he will not compete in this year’s Miami Open presented by Itau.

“Sad to announce that I won’t be playing in Miami, a city that I love,” Nadal wrote on Twitter. “I need to fully recover and get ready for the clay-court season in Europe. Special message to my fans in the US and in particular to the great Spanish speaking community FL, who always give me a great support!”

The Spanish star owns a 40-12 record in Miami, where he has reached the final five times. Nadal most recently competed at the ATP Masters 1000 event in 2017, when he fell against Roger Federer in the championship match.

The tournament sent Nadal its best wishes, tweeting: "Miami loves you back! Best of luck in your recovery - hope to see you back on the court soon!"

The World No. 3 began his season by reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

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