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Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rafael Nadal not recognised by guard at Paris Masters

Rafael Nadal not recognised by guard at Paris Masters

Now play Cricket, Football, Tennis, Badminton and Kabaddi - all in one go. It's been a fairytale year for the Spanish legend. Means a lot, no?

The 35-year-old had not managed a win over a top-10 player since 2014 before this week, but has now claimed two in as many days after knocking out seventh seed David Goffin in the last 16.

But Nadal had already done enough in the tournament to finish No. 1 at the end of the year for the fourth time in his career, and first since 2013.

Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget acknowledged Nadal's withdrawal was a serious blow to an event often hit by late retirements at the end of the season, and said that the Spaniard's participation in the Tour finals was unlikely. "It's not the thing that I love to do".

Nadal has also been troubled by knee injuries in the past and preferred not to take any risks by continuing to play at the Paris Masters, where he has never won. I had treatment to try and be able to play on this Friday. If he decides to play, the rivalry between him and Federer will continue there, where the 19-time grand slam champ is going for his record seventh title, with his last one coming six years ago.

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"I believe he's quite sceptical about his chances of playing in London now, and he came to Paris all the same", Forget said.

Fans will have to wait and see, for now, if Rafa Nadal will be gunning for a first-ever ATP Finals title over taking the time to let his knee heal and focus on the long-term.

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