A knee injury has forced World Number One, Rafael Nadal to pull out of the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals after a 7-6 6-7 6-4 loss to David Goffin on Monday night.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner has been a doubt for the ATP finals having withdrawn from the Paris Masters because of a knee complaint, but the Spaniard refused to give in to his injury, and still made the trip to London for the season-ending tournament. While Nadal claimed he was ready to play against Goffin, the 31-year-old did warn that his knee was not perfect, and as the match against Goffin got into a third set, at a point the Spaniard was seen limping.
“I am off and the season is finished. I am really not ready to play,” he said.
“I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the things that I had to do to try to be ready to play,” Nadal said. “But I am really not ready to play. I really fought a lot during the match, but knowing that [there] probably was a big chance to be the last match of the season.”
“It was not a decision at all”, Nadal said. “It’s about the pain. I cannot hold with enough power to keep playing. I tried, but [it] seriously was miracle to be very close in the score during the match.”
The Spaniard will be replaced by Pablo Carreno Busta in the Pete Sampras group of the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals, where he will battle Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem.