Buenos Aires, Argentina:Former champion David Nalbandian will not travel to the Masters Cup in China as the first alternate because it's too far away.
Nalbandian beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal twice each en route to Masters Series victories in Madrid and Paris in the last three weeks, and missed out on the eight-man season-ending ATP championships by 11 points.
A three-time participant in the Masters Cup, he won it in 2005 as a replacement.
But he and coach Martin Jaite decided not to attend the tournament starting on Sunday.
"To travel as an alternate to Shanghai would be a very long trip," Nalbandian told a news conference in Cordoba on Wednesday. "We believe the best thing is to rest and prepare for a very good 2008 season."
After starting the year ranked Number 8 then falling to Number 26 while he was hampered by knee ligament and back strains, Nalbandian said on rising back to Number 9 he will resume training later this month with the intent next year of winning his first Grand Slam title, leading Argentina in Davis Cup, and playing in the Beijing Olympics.
"I'm thinking already about working hard and achieving my goals. As for how far I can go, that's hard to say," Nalbandian said.
Nalbandian was a Wimbledon finalist in 2002, and has been a semifinalist at the other three Grand Slams.