Rafael Nadal explains injury concern from Paris Masters dates back 10 years


Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of the Paris Masters semi-final against Denis Shapovalov.

Rafael Nadal has admitted he was left with no decision but to pull out of the Paris Masters over fears he would do similar damage to what he done 10 years ago at the US Open.

Nadal looked on course to meet Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters after blitzing his was through the opening rounds without dropping a set.

But it was apparent something wasn’t right with the Spaniard during his win over Stan Wawrinka.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion had to call for the doctor in the second set and he could be heard asking to take something for his stomach.

He eventually continued, showing no ill-effects of the previous issue.

But the problem flamed up in the morning practice session on Saturday ahead of his semi-final with Denis Shapovalov.

After consulting with the doctor, Nadal took the decision to withdraw from the tournament.

And Nadal has explained the injury was similar to one he suffered at the US Open 10 years ago, when he did himself further damage by playing on.

“I had this issue in the US Open 2009 with a bad experience,” he said.

“Because I started the tournament with, if I remember, around 6, 7, millimetres of strain and I keep playing, I keep playing.

“And that was the year that I lost the semifinals against Del Potro.

“So I finished the tournament with 28-millimetre strain, so have been a big, big thing after that.

“I remember well because I couldn’t play semifinals of Davis Cup that was against Israel in that moment.

“So for me, taken almost a month outside of the tennis court, so we don’t want to repeat that.”


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