Nadal a doubt for ATP Fi­nals af­ter pulling out of Paris Masters

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

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.

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