Tennis – Paris Masters 2018: Rafael Nadal Withdraws
Rafael Nadal has yet again suffered from an injury, this time an abdominal one, which has forced the tennis superstar to withdraw from the ongoing Paris Masters 2018.
It implies Novak Djokovic, will supplant him as World No.1 when the rankings are officially released.
The Serbian will lead the rankings without precedent for a long time, with the Scottish national, Andy Murray having taken best spot from him in Paris in November 2016.
With his Paris withdrawal, Rafael Nadal has now withdrawn or retired from 4 of the 5 hardcourt draws he has entered this year. The only time he completed a hardcourt event (Toronto), he won it.
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) October 31, 2018
Prior on Wednesday, World No.3 Roger Federer endured to the last 16 without playing when Milos Raonic hauled out with elbow damage.
Djokovic, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, was positioned 21st going into the current year’s Wimbledon and will turn into the primary player to be outside the world’s best 20 and the world number one in a similar season since Russia’s Marat Safin in 2000.
Spaniard Nadal, 32, was because of make his rebound after about two months out with knee damage that prompted him resigning from his US Open 2018 semi-final.
—Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Paris Masters with abdominal pain
—Novak Djokovic will reclaim the top ranking from Nadal on Monday
—Federer advanced to the third round after Milos Raonic retired with a right elbow injury
— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) October 31, 2018
The Spaniard has not settled on any choices yet about whether he will play at the season-finishing ATP Finals in London in November.
Nadal’s planned Paris adversary, 34-year-old Fernando Verdasco, will play Jack Sock in the following round after the American beat France’s Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3.
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