Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Paris Masters

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.

The Spanish maestro battled through in three sets to beat Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 in the third round of the Paris Masters and book his place in the quarter-finals.

"It was impossible for me to think about (being No. 1) coming back from a tough period without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years", said Nadal, who also finished as No. 1 in '08 and '10.

"It's extra motivation to me", said Del Potro. "It's something that means a lot to me".

Nadal, 31, has become the oldest year-end No 1 and first year-end No 1 over the age of 30 since the ATP Rankings were established in 1973. "I did one treatment yesterday night to try and play today".

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

In 2015, Nadal won just three singles titles and failed to make it past the quarterfinals at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments during the season. He will next face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. He missed June and July before returning for the Olympics, where he made a run to the semifinals before Juan Martin del Potro defeated him.

'Only thing I'm going to say, I'm going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I can not talk about that now because it's a day that is tough enough for me to pull out from here'. However, the 20-year-old German failed to prevent his Dutch opponent from winning 78 percent on service points, and the match turned around at 6-2, 6-2 at the expense of Zverev, who will prepare for his maiden appearance at November's ATP Finals in London.

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.

  • Sonia Alvarado