Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters due to a knee injury, and put doubt over his status for the ATP Finals.
Ahead of his quarter-final meeting qualifier Filip Krajinovic, 16-time major winner Nadal confirmed he was pulling out of the tournament in France.
The Spaniard said he was not in condition to commit to another three matches and would try his best to be ready for the season-ending event in London, but confessed his focus is on long-term fitness.
“The way that I am today, I do not see myself playing three more matches,” Nadal told a media conference.
“It’s a very hard decision, a tough and sad situation. I tried my best. I had treatment yesterday night [Thursday] but it’s impossible to go on court. Yesterday, for some moments I couldn’t move.
“[Tournament director] Guy Forget told me thanks for trying. I understand it’s a sad day for the event, for me too.
“The knee is always bothering me a little bit, but sometimes it’s worse.
“I’m going to try my best to be ready for London.
“For me, it’s not about London, it’s about the long term.”