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Nadal won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and most recently lost in a stunning upset during the second round at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were the favourites to win gold even before this news broke, but Nadal’s absence obviously increases their chances now.
It also gives hope to local star Andy Murray, who reached the Wimbledon finals a few weeks ago before losing to Federer.
Likewise, David Ferrer will have to carry the torch for Spain, so to speak.
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