Nadal pulls out of ATP Fi­nals

After Gof­fin de­feat

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

RAFAEL Nadal pulled out of the ATP Fi­nals, ad­mit­ting he had lost his fit­ness bat­tle after crash­ing to de­feat in three sets to David Gof­fin in a thrilling en­counter.

The world num­ber one dug deep but was stunned 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 by Gof­fin in his open­ing match of the end-of-sea­son fi­nale, which he has never won in his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

The Spa­niard came into the tour­na­ment with doubts swirling over his fit­ness after pulling out of the Paris Masters with a knee in­jury.

Ini­tially he showed no ob­vi­ous ill-ef­fects dur­ing a roller­coaster round-robin en­counter in front of a sup­port­ive crowd but even­tu­ally his in­jury caught up with him and forced him to ad­mit his sea­son is over. “No, I am off,” said Nadal. “My sea­son is fin­ished. Yeah, I had the com­mit­ment with the event, with the city, with my­self.

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