Rafael Nadal withdraws from Rolex Paris Masters with stomach injury
Rafael Nadal withdraws from Rolex Paris Masters with stomach injury…. leaving Spaniard in race to be fit for ATP Finals in London
- Rafael Nadal pulled out of what would have been first appearance since US Open
- The Spaniard has been struggling with a stomach injury so has withdrawn
- Nadal said that it was a new injury and not directly related to the knee issues
Rafael Nadal’s participation in November’s Nitto ATP Finals in London was plunged into doubt when he made a late withdrawal from his scheduled comeback match at the Rolex Paris Masters.
The Spaniard pulled out of what was to be his first appearance since the US Open with a stomach injury, giving Fernando Verdasco a bye into the third round.
In what was a shocking double blow for ticket holders Roger Federer’s second round match was also cancelled just 20 minutes earlier when his opponent Milos Raonic scratched due to an elbow problem.
Rafael Nadal continues to be plagued by injuries so could miss the ATP Finals in London
The Spaniard has pulled out of what was to be his first appearance since the US Open
A by-product is that Novak Djokovic is assured of returning to the world No 1, having been ranked outside the top 20 barely four months ago.
Nadal said that it was a new injury and not directly related to the knee issues that have forced him to the sidelines since early September.
‘The last few days I start to feel a little bit the abdominal, especially when I was serving,’ he said.
‘And I was checking with the doctor and the doctor recommended to not play, because if I continue the abdominal maybe can break and can be a major thing, and I really don’t want that.
‘It has been a tough year for me since that moment in terms of injuries so I want to avoid drastic things. It would not be fair and not good for me and for nobody to go inside the court knowing that probably the full tournament will not be possible to play.’
Of his chances of playing at the 02 Arena he said: ‘I just go day by day, as I did all my tennis career. In terms of this kind of a stuff, I have to be checking daily about things how it improves. I would love to be in London of course. But the most important thing for me is to be healthy and have the chance to compete weeks in a row. It’s something that I was not able to do this year, playing only nine events and retiring in two. So that’s the real point.
‘I can talk about a pain that bothers me every time that I serve. It would not be fair to say it’s a real injury today but what is sure, if I continue it will be a real injury.
‘As you know, when you come back after injuries, and you push a little bit the body at the beginning, some issues can happen.’
Nadal plays a forehand shot as he practises ahead of the Rolex Paris Masters on Sunday
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