Second seeded Rafael Nadal has retired from the Rolex Paris Masters before his semifinals due to an abdominal injury sustained during the warm-up. He made the decision not to play on the recommendation of the local doctors.
"I hope to be ready for London," said Nadal. "That's the biggest goal right now."
Nadal said as he hit one of his last serves while warming up, he felt something in his stomach and immediately went to the show doctor who was doing a test. A second test has shown what the Spaniard considers a small burden. He returned to the court to see how the serving would feel, but the pain remained.
"We can call it bad luck, we can call it something else, but it happened today, and if something happens, you can only accept it, and even if it's a difficult situation for me, I have to be positive stay." Nadal said, "Completing so is always a very negative thing, but the rest of the week was very positive … I enjoyed playing here in Bercy, after a while, without enjoying that atmosphere in this incredible atmosphere to be able to stadium, and I liked to play good tennis.
"I played three great games and it was a lot of fun to be in the field, so it's a tough ending, this event, that's it, I have to accept [that] and mentally and physically recover. "
Nadal claimed he suffered the same injury at the 2009 US Open, but continued to play it, which caused further problems. He remembers that it was initially a burden of six or seven millimeters, but after losing in the semifinals against Juan Martin del Potro 2-6, 2-6, 2-6, it was a load of 28 millimeters.
That's why the Spaniard has decided to pull out of Paris and he will now go home to recover for the Nitto ATP final.
Canadian Denis Shapovalov advances to his first ATP Masters 1000 final. The # NextGenATP star meets world champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Djokovic leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-0. Each of these meetings will take place this year.
The fight for the best ATP ranking at the end of the year will be held until the Nitto ATP final. Having reached the final in Paris, Djokovic is ahead of Nadal in 1,040 points at the ATP Race To London and can now beat the Spaniard by winning his 34th Masters 1000 trophy against Shapovalov.
While the battle for the coveted end of year no. 1 is still outstanding, one thing is for sure. Despite his retreat, Nadal will replace Djokovic on Monday as No. 1 in the world when he starts his 197th week at the top.
The world's number 1 year-end will be decided after the Nitto ATP final. Nadal hopes to end the year in fifth place for the fifth time, which will make Djokovic, Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors for the second-most-ever time ever. If Djokovic does the trick, it will be a record for the sixth time. Only Pete Sampras has already completed the first six months six times.
"I really hope it's not too big, and the doctors think it's not too big," Nadal said.