Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters due to knee problems

World number one Nadal through to last eight of Paris Masters

"On behalf of the ATP, we congratulate him on a phenomenal season", said Chris Kermode, the ATP Executive Chairman and President, as quoted by ATP world tour. It is the same issue that caused Nadal to miss the Swiss Indoors last month, and throughout his career the Spaniard has been plagued by knee injuries.

'I feel like home here and for the relationship that I have with the French Federation, with everybody, it's a very tough day for me. "I did one treatment yesterday night to try and play today". It's normal that these kind of things happen.

"I don't think he's regretting it one little bit".

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

Paris semifinalist Isner would qualify for London if he went on to win what is the last Masters event of the year.

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.

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He further said, "I'm going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I can not talk about that now because (it) is a day that is tough enough for me to pull out from here".

"For me it's not about London". For me it's not about London, it's about the longer term.

"And longer term, I'm going to do the treatment I believe that is going to be more safe and more important to keep playing tennis as long as possible".

The last spot is now held by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, but Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro can beat him to it by reaching the semi-finals at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy.

'I have to pull out, ' Nadal said at a press conference.

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