Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters on Friday because of a right knee injury, putting in doubt his participation in the ATP finals.The Spaniard, who had his knee taped during the third set of his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas, said he wouldn’t be able to play Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic.“I have to pull out. Of course it’s a very tough decision for me, especially here in Paris, which has been the most important city in my career without a doubt,” said Nadal, a 10-time French Open champion. “It’s a tough situation but I tried my best … I did one treatment yesterday night to try and play today.”The “king of clay” however didn’t specify when or whether he will be able to play at the ATP finals to take place in London, which starts Nov. 12., and also added that he will consult a doctor to assess the state of his right knee.“It’s not about London, it’s about the longer term,” Nadal said. “It’s important to play tennis as long as possible”“I’m going to go back, check again with the doctors (like) I did after Shanghai,” Nadal said. “Let’s see. I’m going to do my treatment. In the past it worked well.”As the match against Cuevas went on, Nadal’s movement looked restricted and he lacked his usual speed and mobility around court. While he was serving for the match, Nadal hardly had any spring as he double-faulted.
Story By: Felix Okaijah