(AFP) – World number one Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Friday before his quarter-final with a knee injury.
Rafa who had his right knee strapped during his third-round win on Thursday, said he wanted to try and be ready to face Filip Krajinovic in the last eight but that “it wasn’t possible to play”.
He did not say if he would be fit to play at the World Tour Finals in London later this month.
Yesterday (Thursday), the pain was very strong but it was not the moment to stop.
I had treatment last night to try and be able to play today… But unfortunately it was impossible for me to return to the court in the same condition as last night. It is a sad day for me.
I had a long year, a lot of matches. I pushed the body. We are at the end of the season. It’s normal that these kind of things happen. The knee is always, you know, bothering a little bit, but sometimes it’s worse, and now is a little bit worse.”
I’m going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I cannot talk about that now because (it) is a day that is tough enough for me to pull out from here.
For me it’s not about London. For me it’s about longer term. And longer term I’m going to do the treatment I believe that (is) going to be more safe and more important to keep playing tennis as long as possible.