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Nadal's participation in Tour finals in the balance

Nadal's participation in Tour finals in the balance

The current world No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated South Korean Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-4 on 1 November, Wednesday to reach to the quarter-final of Rolex Paris Masters and secured the ATP ranking top spot for the fourth time in his career. The top-ranked Spaniard, who had his knee taped during the third set of his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas, said he wouldn't be able to play Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic.

Nadal was quoted to be saying by PTI, "Yesterday (Thursday), the pain was very strong but it was not the moment to stop". But unfortunately it was impossible for me to return to the court in the same condition as last night. Tournament director Guy Forget told him thanks for trying, and that he understands it's a sad day for the tournament to see him withdraw.

But he allayed fears this fresh setback would lead to another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Nearly nothing could separate the rivals in the shortest and longest points but Nadal had a slight advantage in the mid-range rallies, despite hitting a lot of unforced errors.

"It's a tough situation but I tried my best", he added. It's normal that these kind of things happen.

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"The knee is always bothering me a little bit but sometimes it's worse".

Top seed Nadal, a victor of 16 Grand Slam titles, had his knee heavily strapped in a battling three-set win against Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas yesterday.

If Nadal pulls out of the Tour Finals, it would leave world No. 2 Roger Federer as the only member of the "Big Four" - which includes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - in the event.

"For me it's not about London". I know a lot of players talk about the season being too long, but I don't think that.

The last spot is now held by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta but Juan Martin Del Potro, Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner and Sock still have a chance to qualify depending on results in Paris.