March 20, 2018

Rafael Nadal not recognised by guard at Paris Masters

07 November 2017, 12:26 | Ken Black

EPARafael Nadal has opened up on being the worlds oldest ever world No1

Rafael Nadal

"It's not about London, it's about the longer term". "I am now sad to pull out from here".

Nadal said he would "do his best" to return for the season-ending event in London, which takes place from November 12-19.

Nadal has already made sure he would finish the year on top of the ATP Rankings and thus he will not be expected to push himself too much to feature in the year-ending event in London.

"Being honest with myself, being honest with my opponents, I don't see myself playing three more matches here", the 31-year-old said.

"I can not talk about London now", he added. Up until now, the captivating rivalry reached a fevered pitch all year long, with the Swiss player within possible ranking points to make it a contest. "But the season is not over", Nadal said on-court.

As if that wasn't enough, he went on in ruthless fashion, winning a 16th grand slam with his U.S. Open title, putting him behind Federer in total grand slam tally by just three, exactly where they started at the beginning of the year (14 to Fed's 17).

Analyzing the topic on Sky Sports, Annabel Croft said she thinks Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and others' decision to shut down their season was partly borrowed from having watched Nadal and Roger Federer benefiting from doing so similarly, in 2016.

Remarkably it is a tournament that the Spaniard has never won and he now faces an anxious week of rehab to make the field for the eight-man end-of-season finale.

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal got the better of South Korean Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-4 to advance into the Paris Masters third round.

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