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With or without Nadal, Masters Cup goes on

The Masters Cup's allure is undeniable, but without top dog Rafael Nadal in the mix, does the year-end event lose its luster?

Originally Published: November 10, 2008
By Sandra Hartwitt | Special to ESPN.com

SHANGHAI, China -- In theory, the significance of the season-ending tournament might appear very different than the reality. To many, it would seem like the exclusive finale for the eight best players of the year should be a final fight for the year-end ranking.

But while playing to decide who will be top dog would add an exciting element to the mix, it turns out it's a rare scenario. In fact, as this year has shaped up, the reigning world No. 1 isn't even taking to the courts in ...

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