World

Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals after defeat by Goffin

Agency | November 14, 2017 01:08 PM

LONDON: World Number 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew from the 2017 ATP Finals after suffering a shocking defeat by seventh seed David Goffin of Belgium in his first group match at the O2 Arena here.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner, who has secured the top place in the year-ending ATP Rankings, was apparently struggling but showed inspiring fighting spirit, saving four match points in the second set before losing 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Monday, Xinhua reported.

Goffin, playing the ATP Finals for the second time, took command in the third set, serving for the match with a 14th ace of the match.

"I am really happy. It was such a good atmosphere tonight," Goffin said.

Nadal, who pulled out of he Paris Masters at the quarterfinals 10 days ago, had admitted before the match that his knee was "not perfect". His countryman Pablo Carreno Busta will take his place in Group Pete Sampras.

Nadal has won 75 tour-level titles, including 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns but he has never won the ATP Finals. He qualified for the event 13 times but competed only in eight editions.

"My season is finished," he said after the match. "I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. But I am really not ready to play."

"I tried, but (it) seriously was a miracle to be very close in the score during the match."

Related Articles
Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
ATM machine with Rs 5 lakh burnt in Jharkhand
ATM machine with Rs 5 lakh burnt in Jharkhand
Lalu Yadav appears in CBI court in another fodder scam case
Lalu Yadav appears in CBI court in another fodder scam case
SPO deserts police post along with AK-47 in J&K
SPO deserts police post along with AK-47 in J&K
Farm debt waiver: Amarinder urges farmers not to agitate
Farm debt waiver: Amarinder urges farmers not to agitate
India need to get basics right in order to win away: Manoj Prabhakar
India need to get basics right in order to win away: Manoj Prabhakar
Ludhiana Plastic Factory Mishap-MP hands over cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Families of Firefighters died in Mishap
Ludhiana Plastic Factory Mishap-MP hands over cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Families of Firefighters died in Mishap
Jaitley offers pre-Budget 'halwa' to Finance Ministry officials
Jaitley offers pre-Budget 'halwa' to Finance Ministry officials
Pakistan summons Indian Deputy HC over cross-border firing
Pakistan summons Indian Deputy HC over cross-border firing
Government offers special chance to SC/OBC students for Post Matric Scholarship
Government offers special chance to SC/OBC students for Post Matric Scholarship
We need to learn dignity of labour from West: Nimrat Kaur
We need to learn dignity of labour from West: Nimrat Kaur
India can bounce back in 3rd Test, feels Harbhajan
India can bounce back in 3rd Test, feels Harbhajan
DC Jalandhar calls upon senior citizens to avail maximum benefit of three days assessment camp from January 23-25
DC Jalandhar calls upon senior citizens to avail maximum benefit of three days assessment camp from January 23-25