Nadal allays injury concerns, says fit for ATP Finals

Nadal allays injury concerns, says fit for ATP Finals

Nadal allays injury concerns, says fit for ATP Finals

He reached three Grand Slam finals this year, losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and winning a 10th French Open title before clinching the U.S. Open for the third time.

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.

This was his fifth meeting with Cuevas and the fourth win for Nadal, who had issues with his right knee.

He added: "Of course it [withdrawal from Paris Masters] is a very tough decision for me, especially here in Paris, which has been the most important city in my career without a doubt".

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.

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Ruling out the injury concerns, Nadal said that he is 100 percent fine and would be playing in London normally. "It means a lot. I did one treatment yesterday night to try and play today". Then Nadal regrouped himself and took away the first set at 7-5 with a big forehand.

"But the thought of having to play three matches this year. he doesn't want to make it worse for London". Even if I had to do it couple of times in my life, it's not a thing that I love [doing].' What about his chances of playing in London? 'I understand the question, of course, but I can not talk about London now.

The pain during the match was too much. He said that he was going to do his best to play in London, but that his main concern is not the World Tour Finals, but more so that he can continue playing tennis long-term.

Zverev, who has won two ATP Masters 1000 titles this season as Nadal did, recorded a comfortable 6-3 win in the first set.

Juan Martin del Potro, the No 13 seed, continued his hopes of catching up with the ATP Finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Joao Sousa, joined by David Goffin and Lucas Pouille in Thursday's round of 16.

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