Nadal Pulls Out Of Paris Masters With Knee Injury

Rafael Nadal

Rafa Nadal continued his quest for a maiden Paris Masters title when he survived a second set blip to beat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Nadal will next face Pablo Cuevas, as the Uruguayan saw off Nadal's compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2.

"I'm very, very happy for everything", Nadal told crowds in an on-court interview.

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.

The Sky Sports commentator said: "Rafa has had to pull out with that injury. It's something that means a lot to me".

He will be well aware of the importance of taking a break as the time he spent away from the game towards the end of last season to recover from a wrist injury helped him get back to the best after two years of Grand Slam drought.




"But the thought of having to play three matches this year. he doesn't want to make it worse for London".

But his decision to skip Paris in order to ensure he is fully fit for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London effectively ended his pursuit to finish the year in top spot.

The world No. 1 is chasing a first title at Paris-Bercy and can move beyond Novak Djokovic to be crowned as the outright most successful player in Masters 1000 events, with just three more wins.

Isner, who lost last year's final to Murray, next plays either No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov or Richard Gasquet.

Only one spot is left for the November 12-19 eight-man event at the O2 in London and Juan Martin del Potro will clinch it if the Argentine, who defeated Dutchman Robin Haase 7-5 6-4, reaches the last four.

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.

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