Nadal a doubt for ATP Finals after pulling out of Paris Masters
Rafael Nadal’s participation at the ATP Finals in London could be in doubt after he pulled out of the Paris Masters with knee problems.
The world number one had his right knee strapped during his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas on Thursday and struggled with his movement. Nadal played down the issue after the match but withdrew ahead of his scheduled quarter-final against Filip Krajinovic.
In a press conference shown on Sky Sports, Nadal said: “The pain during the match was too much but it was not the moment to stop.
“I don’t like to stop during the match, even if I’ve had to do it a couple of times in my life. Especially winning the match, thinking I have some hours in between to do some treatment. That’s what I did yesterday with the doctor.
After wrist problems badly affected his 2016 season, Nadal had stayed fit throughout a remarkably successful 2017 campaign, winning two grand slam titles and returning to the top of the rankings.
But knee problems, which have dogged his career, resurfaced in Shanghai last month, causing him to miss last week’s tournament in
Meanwhile, Juan Martin del Potro’s surge towards the ATP Finals fell agonisingly short when he was beaten in the Paris quarter-finals by John Isner 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-4.