Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters with a knee injury

Nov 07, 2017, 00:29
Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters with a knee injury

It's important to play tennis as long as possible. It's been a fairytale year for the Spanish legend. It's something that means a lot to me.

The 35-year-old had not managed a win over a top-10 player since 2014 before this week, but has now claimed two in as many days after knocking out seventh seed David Goffin in the last 16.

However, after his match win, he played a much tighter game against Pablo Cuevas, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, with the Spaniard withdrawing from his next match, a quarterfinal, due to the same knee injury that bothered him when he lost to Roger Federer in the Shanghai Open a few weeks ago.

Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget acknowledged Nadal's withdrawal was a serious blow to an event often hit by late retirements at the end of the season, and said that the Spaniard's participation in the Tour finals was unlikely. "The two things are handsome and important, but without a doubt there's a big difference, if you ask me". All these players are so proud when they make that end-of-season championships.

It just goes to show, you're never as famous as you think you are and even a 16-time Grand Slam champion can struggle to get by without proper proof of identification. I do not see myself playing three more matches.

He did not say if he would be fit for the Tour Finals in London later this month.

He added: "Of course it [withdrawal from Paris Masters] is a very tough decision for me, especially here in Paris, which has been the most important city in my career without a doubt".

"For me it's not about London it's about longer term", Nadal said.

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