Knee in­jury ends Nadal’s ATP Fi­nals run

The Observer - - SPORT | DIGEST -

TENNIS: World No.1 Rafael Nadal has pulled the pin on his sea­son af­ter a first-up de­feat in the ATP Fi­nals to Bel­gian David Gof­fin.

Nadal (pic­tured) lost 7-6 6-7 6-4 in Lon­don and after­wards ad­mit­ted he had lost his fit­ness bat­tle and would have to with­draw from the sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment.

The Spa­niard came into the tour­na­ment af­ter pulling out of the Paris Masters with a knee in­jury, but af­ter ini­tially be­liev­ing he could get through the fi­nals, he had to ad­mit de­feat.

“No, I am off,” Nadal said. “My sea­son is fin­ished.

“Yeah, I had the com­mit­ment with the event, with the city, with my­self.

“I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play.

“But I am re­ally not ready to play. Is about the pain.

“I can­not hold with enough power to keep play­ing.”

Ear­lier, also in the Pete Sam­pras group, Grigor Dim­itrov beat Do­minic Thiem 6-3 5-7 7-5.


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