Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Paris Masters with knee injury - throwing ATP Finals participation into doubt

The World No 1 has pulled out of the tournament with a right knee injury

Luke Brown@lukedbrown
Friday 03 November 2017 14:41
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Nadal has pulled out of the Paris Masters
Nadal has pulled out of the Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Paris Masters with a right knee injury, throwing his participation at next week’s ATP Finals in London into doubt.

The Spaniard beat Pablo Cuevas in the third-round of the tournament with heavy strapping on his knee, but then announced he would be unable to play the Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic in the next round.

Nadal said that “the pain during the match (on Thursday) was too much.”

He added: “The way that I am today I do not see myself playing three more matches. The knee is always bothering a little bit but sometimes it’s worse.”

However he was reluctant to comment on his chances of playing at the season-ending ATP Finals, where he is slated to be the top seed.

“It is not about London, it is about the longer term” he added.

Nadal struggled through his third-round win over Cuevas, with BT Sport tennis analyst Annabel Croft remarking how hampered his serve was during the match.

Nadal struggled through his third-round win

“I have no idea how much that knee was affecting everything,” she said. “He came up with seven double faults and some of those balls were dribbling halfway up the net.

“You have to think that was because he couldn't push up from that leg. He was different to the player that started the match.”

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