Paris Masters: Zverev earns 2nd round spot, Rafael Nadal withdraws from game

Kristopher Nichols
November 2, 2018

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When asked about his prospects for London - a tournament he has already missed six times because of injury - Nadal replied "I am very sorry but I can not answer you".

"I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

Djokovic extended his winning streak to 20 straight matches and equalled a personal record of 29 consecutive completed sets won.

The top-seeded Nadal, who has never won the Paris Indoors, was set to face countryman Fernando Verdasco today.

"It's not the end of the season".

At the U.S. Open in early September, he dropped the opening two sets against Juan Martin del Potro before retiring.

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Having defeated France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert (3-6, 6-3, 7-5), Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan advanced to the Round of 32 of the Paris Masters tennis tournament, SPORTINFORM reports. Rafa is in the race.

"It's been a hard year for me in terms of injuries, and so I'd prefer to avoid doing anything drastic", added the 32-year-old Nadal, who had a successful first half of the season, clinching his 17th Grand Slam title at the French Open in June, after triumphs in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome.

The Paris tournament is the last before the season-ending ATP Finals in London, which begin on November 12.

"In the next match against Novak it will be another big challenge".

It helped him to maintain the remarkable spell of form that has seen him rise from number 22 in June to the top of the game again.

Cilic, who has beaten Djokovic just twice in 17 meetings, ended reigning ATP Finals champion Dimitrov's season.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev beat Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4.

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