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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters with injury but determined to be fit for ATP Tour finals in London

Rafael Nadal reacts to his potentially season-ending injury
Rafael Nadal pulled out of his quarter final match at the Paris Masters with a knee injury (Picture: Getty)

Rafael Nadal insists he will do everything within his powers to be fit for the ATP Tour Finals in London after he was forced to pull out of the Paris Masters with a knee injury.

The Spaniard, who will end the calendar year as the world No.1, had been due to face Filip Krajinovic at the quarter final stage in the French capital but withdrew as a result of a knee injury which has been troubling him for several weeks.

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Rafael Nadal reacts to his potentially season-ending injury
Nadal had been struggling with a knee injury for several weeks (Picture: Getty)

‘I have to pull out,’ Nadal said at a press conference. ‘Of course, it’s a very hard decision for me, especially – pulling out from any event is tough, but especially from here, from Paris. As I said a lot of times, it’s the most important city in my career, without a doubt.

‘I am sad enough to pull out from here. It’s a tournament that I have a lot of people that I know very well around the organisation, all the same people that organise Roland Garros.

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‘I feel like home here and for the relationship that I have with the French Federation, with everybody, it’s a very tough day for me. So it’s not the right day to talk about London.

‘Only thing I’m going to say, I’m going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I cannot talk about that now because it’s a day that is tough enough for me to pull out from here.’

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