Knee injury ends Nadal’s ATP Finals run
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.