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Nalbandian announces retirement

3:09 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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Buenos Aires, Argentina (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian announced his retirement from professional tennis on Tuesday, citing injuries.

The Argentine star will quit tennis for good after playing an exhibition match against Spanish great Rafael Nadal in November.

Nalbandian reached a career-high No. 3 in the world and was a Wimbledon finalist as a 20-year-old in 2002, losing to Lleyton Hewitt. The oft-injured Cordoba native reached at least the semifinals at all four Grand Slam events during his career.

Sidelined since March, Nalbandian cited persistent shoulder problems as the main reason for his decision to call it quits. He had shoulder surgery back in May.

"It's not easy what's happening to me now, my shoulder is not helping me to train as I should for the circuit," he said. "It's a tough day to (have to) announce my retirement today."

The 31-year-old captured 11 career titles in 24 ATP finals, with his last victory coming in 2010. He was a runner-up in a final in Brazil last year.

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