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Injured wrist forces Nadal out of French

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PARIS (AP) For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site.

On Friday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news he was withdrawing before his third-round match at the French Open because of an injury that would prevent him from delivering the whiplike, spin-heavy forehand that carried him to a record nine championships and a 72-2 record on the tournament's red clay.

"To win the tournament, I need five more matches," Nadal said, his face expressionless, his arms crossed in front of him, "and the doctor says that's 100 percent impossible."

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Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 16,150
2 A. Murray 8,435
3 R. Federer 7,015
4 S. Wawrinka 6,315
5 R. Nadal 5,675
6 K. Nishikori 4,470
7 J. Tsonga 3,355
8 T. Berdych 2,850
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4 G. Muguruza 5,196
5 V. Azarenka 4,341
6 S. Halep 4,301
7 R. Vinci 3,405
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