Rafa Nadal was set to make his come back in the last Master 1000 event of the season in Paris. Unfortunatelly he had to withdraw from the tournament due to another injury. This means that we have a new World’s No. 1!
World’s No.1 will not play in the last Masters 1000 event of the season. Rafa Nadal was set to return to the game in Paris. Unfortunatelly he had withdraw from the tournament due to an abdominal injury. Because of his withdrawft he looses 180 points for last year’s quarter-final that he had to defent to stay No. 1 in the ranking. That means that he’s handing the number 1 position to Novak Djokovic who made a winning start in Paris yesterday!
Nadal was forced to retire against Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final of the US Open and he hasn’t played for two months now. For now, the Spaniard is not sure whether he will take part in the ATP Finals in London. The season-ending tournament takes place from November 11 to November 18 with the top-ranked players taking part.
At the last press conference before the Paris tournament Nadal admitted, that being No. 1 is not his main goal right now. He then added:
My main goal is to be back on court, keep being happy playing tennis and then things that can happen or not, let’s see. I’m going to fight as strong as I can to win as many matches as possible and of course I would love to be No 1 but I am just here to try my best every day.
See the full press conference here
his means that Novak Djokovic moves ahead of Nadal to conquer the ATP throne for the first time since October 2016.He started to close the gap to Nadal at Queen’s and was back into contention after winning Wimbledon, Cincinnati, US Open and Shanghai. In Paris, it was only a matter of winning 1 or 2 matches for Novak to take the No. 1 spot in the ranking. With Nadal being absent, Djokovic is now the clear favorite to finish the season as the year-end number 1 player.
Vamos Rafa! Get well soon champ!