Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury yesterday.
Rafael Nadal has revealed his doctors think his latest injury is ‘nothing too big’.
Nadal was forced to pull out of the Paris Masters yesterday after pulling up with an abdominal injury in the build up to his semi-final with Denis Shapovalov.
That meant the 20-year-old Canadian progressed to today’s final with Novak Djokovic.
Nadal hopes his injury is not a big one and has stressed he will do all he can to recover in time for the ATP Finals in London.
And he provided an update from the doctor when asked about the severity last night.
“I really hope it’s nothing too big, and the doctors believe that it’s nothing too big,” Nadal said.
Nadal’s decision to pull out of the tournament means the race for year end world no 1 continues.
But the Spaniard is hopeful of being in London at the year-end tournament.
“I hope to be ready for London. That’s the biggest goal right now,” Nadal said.
“I will do all that I can do and all that’s mathematically possible to recover for it. But as you can expect today I can’t answer this question with the right position.”
Djokovic is now preparing to face Shapovalov who goes in search of his first ATP Masters 1000 title.
“It is very satisfying honestly, because I haven’t really been feeling my best throughout the week. But I’ve been playing really well the past couple of matches,” Djokovic said.
“[I am] looking forward to the final tomorrow.”
But Djokovic knows his opponent will be fierce competitor after coming up against him in Shanghai.
Djokovic won 6-3 6-3 that day but admitted it was tougher than it sounded.
“Denis is very dangerous player. If he has time, if he’s feeling the ball well, it can be a tough match,” Djokovic said last month.
“He was serving really well, [making a]high percentage of first serves, and [it was]just really difficult to return in the first set, so it took me a little bit of time to really adjust [and]start reading his serve a little bit better.”