Nadal allays injury concerns, says fit for ATP Finals

Aaron Brown
November 5, 2017

Nadal has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in 2017, sparked by reaching the final of the Australian Open in January before winning his first major title in three years at the French Open in May; his 10th success at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal is facing a race against time to be fit for the season-ending World Tour Finals after he was forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters with a knee injury.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory over Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during the third round of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

"It's a very hard decision, a tough and sad situation", Nadal said.

"Here in Paris, the most important city in my career without doubt, I'm just looking forward to getting to the point", he said.

Nadal is also the oldest, testimony to his relentless determination. "It's something that means a lot to me". But unfortunately it was impossible for me to return to the court in the same condition as last night.

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Nadal was not at his best against the 21-year-old Chung, but was rarely tested.

Zverev, who has won two ATP Masters 1000 titles this season as Nadal did, recorded a comfortable 6-3 win in the first set.

The pain during the match was too much.

Haase next plays No. 13 Juan Martin del Potro, who eased past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-2.

"But the thought of having to play three matches this year. he doesn't want to make it worse for London". Only thing I going to say, I'm going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I cannot talk about that now because is a day that is enough tough for me to pull out from here.' Speaking about his next plans, interviewed by El Espanol Nadal added:"I wasn't at 100% when I reached Paris, but the same thing can be said for Shanghai".

Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson's chances took a dent after a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

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