Nadal withdraws before quarter-final at Paris Masters with knee injury

Tricia Pearson
November 4, 2017

It is the same issue that caused Nadal to miss the Swiss Indoors last month, and throughout his career the Spaniard has been plagued by knee injuries. I had treatment yesterday night but it's impossible to go on court.

"We are at the end of the season. This is my eighth consecutive year in the top 20 in the world and I'm pretty proud of that".

He called the trainer to have his knee taped after the second set of his last-16 win over Pablo Cuevas, before insisting he would be fit to play at the season-ending event in London. "The knee is always, you know, bothering a little bit, but sometimes it's worse, and now is a little bit worse".

The Spaniard withdrew from the Paris Masters on Friday, and Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - all missing from the tournament - have also been sidelined by injury during the season.

"The only one thing i can say is i'm going to do my treatment and try my best to be playing in London but i cannot talk about this now because it's a day that is tough enough for me to have pulled out from here", said Rafa.

"For me it's not about London".

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He went on to add, "I had a long year, a lot of matches".

Nadal said that "the pain during the match (on Thursday) was too much".

Cuevas - undeterred by that break - produced a delightful "tweener" to win the opening point of the fifth game on Nadal's serve and, while he was unable follow up his scene-stealing trick shot by restoring parity, the 31-year-old won his next two service games to love as he settled into the match.

Krajinovic, a Serbian qualifier will now play in Saturday's semi-final, going up against the victor of Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner's quarter-final.

'I have to pull out, ' Nadal said at a press conference.

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