Rafael Nadal injury rued by Paris Masters chief after ‘dream’ Novak Djokovic final dashed

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An abdominal injury for Rafael Nadal meant he was unable to play in the semi-final.

Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget has rued the injury setback for Rafael Nadal which ended hopes of a final against Novak Djokovic.

The top two seeds in Paris both eased their way to the semi-finals without dropping a set and appeared to be on a collision course to play each other in the final.

Djokovic completed his end of the deal by beating Grigor Dimitrov in the first semi-final of the day on Saturday.

But the clash between Nadal and Denis Shapovalov failed to happen after the Spaniard pulled out with an abdominal injury.

And that led to a final which was comfortably won by Djokovic, beating Shapovalov 6-3 6-4.

Speaking after the tournament, Forget reflected on the event and revealed his regrets.

“A lot of people here would have dreamed of a final Rafael Nadal against Novak Djokovic, with perhaps a revenge a little later in London,” he said.

“Today, we even wonder if it will take place in London.

“We want to see the best players compete in the field, go for blow.

“Unfortunately, at the end of the season, Roger has rested, Novak is the best performer and Rafa is starting to have some signs of fatigue.

“They are all over thirty, they behave like young people, they are hungry for victories, they are fast, enduring, they have a lot of work and face difficult situations. This is the mark of the very big ones. I think Novak has not finished writing records on the tennis world. But maybe Rafael and Roger too.

It remains unclear whether Nadal will play in the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena.

The Spaniard is waiting to learn the results of his MRI scans before making a decision on his participation.

Speaking on Saturday, Nadal said he would do whatever he could to feature in the season-ending event.

“I will do all what I can do and all what’s mathematically possible to recover for it,” he said.

“But as you can expect, today I can’t answer this question with the right position.

“I really hope it’s nothing too big, and the doctors believe that it’s nothing too big. But of course, if it’s big enough to not be 100% recovered for in one week, it’s a chance. Hopefully is less than this.”

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