Nadal quits Paris with knee injury


"He's played excellent tennis". It's been a fairytale year for the Spanish legend.

"It is something that means 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.

The Spaniard had previously insisted that he still expects to play at the year-ending tournament despite heavy strapping on his right knee during his last-16 win over Pablo Cuevas on Thursday.

Building on his resurgent competition success this year, Nadal approached attaining the No. 1 ranking with his customary fearlessness, prioritizing the Asian post-grand slam season, a time where he's generally been less successful.

While expressing disappointment over missing out on a Paris double following his French Open win earlier this year, Nadal revealed he will do his best to feature in the prestigious Tour Finals, but also said a decision would be taken keeping the future in mind. "It's not the thing that I love to do".

Victory in Sunday's final in Paris would see Nadal move clear of Novak Djokovic with a record 31st Masters crown. Surprisingly, he is the only one of the Big Four who has never won there.

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

"I believe he's quite sceptical about his chances of playing in London now, and he came to Paris all the same", Forget said. In just a few months, after all, it all begins again, in Australia, in the new year.