Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters with a knee injury

07 November, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Laura Christensen
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I had treatment to try and be able to play on this Friday. "For me it's about longer term", the 31-year-old, whose withdrawal allowed Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic to reach the semi-finals, told a press conference.

"It's not about London, it's about the longer term", he explained.

Rusedski is confident that Federer can make it 21 major titles in 2018; while Nadal has been backed to win the French Open at least a couple more times before he calls time on his career.

"I am on a good dynamic, playing well the whole season", Nadal, who has only won two of his 75 ATP titles indoors, added.

Tournament director Guy Forget was not so sure Nadal would be fit in less than two weeks' time.

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.


Nadal said he would "do his best" to return for the season-ending event in London, which takes place from November 12-19.

He has never won Paris nor has he ever won the ATP Finals.

Analyzing the topic on Sky Sports, Annabel Croft said she thinks Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and others' decision to shut down their season was partly borrowed from having watched Nadal and Roger Federer benefiting from doing so similarly, in 2016. "But at the same time, a few weeks ago I didn't expect to be in this position at all. In the third set, I didn't have much left in my legs". Play Daily Sports challenge and win cash prizes daily!

Both players exchanged breaks early in the first set, but Nadal managed to carve out a 4-2 lead.

Cilic made Benneteau wait until the 12th game, but a forehand victor clinched one of the biggest wins of his career.

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