Why Rafael Nadal will be frustrated by Novak Djokovic’s victory at the Paris Masters

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Novak Djokovic beat Denis Shapovalov at the Paris Masters but Rafael Nadal will be disappointed having had to watch on from the treatment room.

Novak Djokovic secured his fifth Paris Masters title with a comprehensive win over Canadian Denis Shapovalov – but Rafael Nadal will be watching on in frustration.

Nadal was forced to withdraw from the event yesterday after injuring his abdominal in the build up.

Had the Spaniard won the event he would have secured the position of year end world No 1.

However now the race goes on with the end of season event in London to come at the end of this month.

And Djokovic will be bidding to win it for record-equalling sixth time.

He admitted his victory over the 20-year-old Canadian will give him confidence going into the event at the O2 Arena.

He said: “Yes [it was some of my best tennis this year].

“I’ve been feeling great this week and especially the last three days.

“That gives me a lot of encouragement coming into the World Tour finals in London.

“I have a week now to rest, get ready and hopefully have another great tournament.”

Nadal was disappointed to have to withdraw but hopes to be back in time for the London event.

He said: “I hope to be ready for London. That’s the biggest goal right now.

“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.”

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