Rafael Nadal’s London participation remains in question after he withdrew from his Paris semifinal with Denis Shapovalov due to an abdominal injury.
If he lifted his first Paris trophy, Rafa would have clinched his fifth year-end No. 1 finish.
Since Novak Djokovic won the title he closed the gap in the battle for year-end No. 1, moving to within 640 points of Rafa heading into the Nitto ATP Finals.
Here’s what Djokovic had to say about the battle for year-end No. 1 ranking:
I’m sad to see that he’s injured because that’s not what you want to see, not for Rafa, not for any other athlete.
I know how that feels. Obviously I went through major injuries in my life as well.
I hope he can recover and compete in London. Because with or without him, obviously, also the battle for No. 1 but also the tournament itself is different.
He’s a great champion and obviously lots of respect for him.
Source: ATP Tour