Injured Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon on Friday after failing to recover from chronic tendinitis. His aching knees forced him out of the Queen’s Club warm-up event and after two losses at the Hurlingham exhibition tournament this week, he decided to pull out.

The injury was apparent during the French Open, when the Spaniard, who had not lost a match at Rolland Garros, fell in the fourth round to Robin Soderling of Sweden.

Nadal’s withdrawal gave World No. 3 Andy Murray even more reason to believe he will end Britain’s 73-year wait for a men’s singles champion at Wimbledon. It also opens the door for Roger Federer to bring home his 15th Grand Slam, which would take him past Pete Sampras for the most all-time.

Nadal becomes the first since Goran Ivanisevic in 2002 not to defend his title.