'Super sad' Nadal outside the Paris Masters, doubt for the ATP finals

PARIS: Rafael Nadal He retired from the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury a few minutes before the scheduled start of his semifinal against Denis Shapovalov on Saturday, and admitted his participation in the ATP Tour Finals I was in doubt.

The young Canadian Shapovalov will face Novak Djokovic in the final of Sunday in the French capital.

The second seeded Nadal could have secured the world number one ranking at the end of the year ahead of Djokovic by winning the Bercy title this week.

It's a super sad moment for me, he said. I've been enjoying a lot throughout the tournament, having fun on the court ...

(I was) in a round that put me in a position where I was fighting for great things here.

Djokovic had hit Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the first semifinal, but with an expectant crowd waiting in their seats for the second last game, it was announced that Nadal was out of the tournament.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion will replace Djokovic at the top of the world rankings next week, despite losing the opportunity to win an inaugural title at Bercy.

Nadal now faces a race to get fit in time for the ATP Finals, which begin in London on November 10.

I will do everything I can and everything I can to get it back, he said. But as you can expect, today I cannot answer this question.

The 33-year-old has fought multiple injuries throughout his career and also retired from the Paris Masters in his last appearance in 2017 before the quarterfinals.

Nadal felt the injury during Saturday's practice and after medical tests revealed the tension before a new warm-up, he decided not to play.

I believe that the abdomen does not allow me to serve at the level I need to be competitive, he added.

When there is a tension in a muscle that is making a great effort in each service, then the possibility of increasing that problem is great.

I went through that in the past, that's why the doctors recommendation has been not to play.

If Nadal does not recover in time for London, where he has not won the title, it would be a disappointing end to a strong season that has led him to claim a 12th title of the French Open and the crown of the US Open.

Djokovic will face Shapovalov, 20, on Sunday, with the Serbian star seeking to claim his fifth Bercy success, and move on to one of Nadal on the all-time list with a 34th Masters title.

It will be the first Masters final of Shapovalov's career.

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