Nadal injury could be latest blow to London finale

Tricia Pearson
November 7, 2017

World number one Nadal, who has suffered from knee and wrist injuries throughout his career, chose to withdraw on Friday morning after having his right knee strapped during his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas.

The ATP Tour Finals begin in a week's time, but Rafa fans are urging their hero to let his knee heal and not push himself to compete. "But the season is not over", Nadal said on-court.

"Yesterday, the pain during the match was too much".

Nadal's top ranking comes after his main rival, Swiss Roger Federer, pulled out of this year's last Masters event, reports Efe news agency. After all, the two legends had nothing better to do, like sweep all the major prizes in their sport, like they did this year!

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"For me it's not about London".

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.

Last year's runner-up Isner will face Krajinovic, who will be playing his first ATP semi-final of the season, on Saturday.

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 a very demanding tour, it's not easy.' Croft also spoke about Nadal, who may not play at the ATP Finals due to a knee injury: 'When I listen to that interview it does have a sense that maybe he is thinking more towards not playing than playing.

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