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Rafael Nadal pulled out of the sea­son-end­ing ATP Fi­nals on Mon­day af­ter be­ing ham­pered by a knee in­jury dur­ing his round-robin de­feat by Bel­gian David Go in.

“I‘m not ready to play... I fought a lot know­ing it was my last match of the sea­son,” the world num­ber one, who had also quit mid­way through the Paris Masters tour­na­ment two weeks ago, told re­porters fol­low­ing his 7 6(5) 6 7(4) 6 4 de­feat by Go in.

“My com­mit­ment was to try... I’ve missed this event too many times in my ca­reer,” added the Spa­niard who has been plagued by knee in­juries through­out his ca­reer. Nadal, who was hob­bling around the court for much of the third set of his con­test against Go in, quali ied for the sea­son end­ing tour­na­ment for the 13th suc­ces­sive year but with­drew be­fore the start on ive pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

Mon­day’s with­drawal means the 31-year-old, who claimed the French and US Open tro­phies this year to in­crease his grand slam haul to 16 ti­tles, has yet to win the sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment.

“I was not en­joy­ing it (out there to­day) so it was no fun to play like this. But I had an un­for­get­table sea­son,” he added.

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