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Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters with right knee injury

Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters with right knee injury

Nadal went into the match knowing victory would give him an unassailable lead as world number one over old rival Roger Federer, after the Swiss legend withdrew before the start of the Paris tournament.

The 31-year-old guaranteed that he would end the year atop the ATP rankings for the fourth time in his career after his second-round win over Hyeon Chung earlier in the week. He had won five consecutive French Open titles from 2010-14.

The top-ranked 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.

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He added: "The way that I am today". For me, it's about the longer term.

He made a concerted push to try to qualify following his heroics in NY, reaching the semi-finals of the Masters event in Shanghai, winning in Stockholm and then losing narrowly to Roger Federer in the final in Basel last weekend.

"It was an incredible year, just awesome", said Nadal according to the ATP.

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Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget acknowledged Nadal's withdrawal was a serious blow to an event often hit by late retirements at the end of the season, and said that the Spaniard's participation in the Tour finals was unlikely. Play Daily Sports challenge and win cash prizes daily! Let's see. I'm going to do my treatment.

The Bulgarian will make his debut at the season-ending World Tour Finals and is set to be seeded sixth.

That is the only possible explanation for why a Paris Masters security guard failed to recognise 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

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