ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Because of Knee Injury

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Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ATP Finals because of a knee injury.

Nadal said before the tournament his knee was “not perfect” but fought hard before losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4.

The Spaniard, 31, described it as a “miracle” that he took Goffin to three sets over two-and-a-half hours.

“I am off and the season is finished. I am really not ready to play,” he said.

“I really fought a lot during the match knowing probably it was a big chance [that it would be] the last match of the season. It’s about the pain and I cannot hold with enough power to keep playing.”

It is the sixth time Nadal has withdrawn from this competition in 13 years and he will now be replaced by fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

Nadal is, however, guaranteed to end the year as the world number one and will now concentrate on recuperation before preparing for the new season.

“The good thing is [the injury] is nothing new,” he added. “We hope to have the right rest, the right work and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season.”

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