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Rafael Nadal will take as much rest as his body needs before returning to tennis. ''I have to listen (to the doctors) and be patient, and I will come back when my knee is well,'' the third-ranked Spaniard said on Friday from his home island of Mallorca. ''The best thing I can do now is to stop, get fully well, accept the situation and work hard to come back better.'' Tendinitis in his left knee has kept Nadal from playing since he lost in the second round at Wimbledon in June. The 26-year-old Nadal missed the Olympics, where he was set to defend his gold medal and carry Spain's flag at the opening ceremony. He also missed a charity match with Novak Djokovic and tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati before recently ruling himself out of the upcoming U.S. Open. The 11-time Grand Slam winner said that he was not worried about falling down the world rankings. ''At this stage in my career my ranking is of the least importance,'' N...
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