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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ATP Finals.
He brought his season to a pre-mature end after defeat by Belgian seventh seed David Goffin in his opening round match. Nadal fought hard before losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4.
Before the tournament he told reporters that his knee was “not perfect” and described it as a “miracle” that he took Goffin to three sets over two-and-a-half hours.
“I am off and the season is finished. I am really not ready to play,” he said. “I really fought a lot during the match knowing probably it was a big chance that it would be the last match of the season. It’s about the pain and I world cannot hold with enough power to keep playing.”
Nadal is, however, guaranteed to end the year as the World No. 1 and will now concentrate on recuperation before preparing for the new season.
“The good thing is [the injury] is nothing new,” he added. “We hope to have the right rest, the right work and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season”.
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Dimitrov thrashes David Goffin to reach semis!
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov thrashed Belgian seventh seed and Rafael Nadal’s conqueror, David Goffin at London’s O2 Arena to make it through to the last four on his ATP finals debut.
Sixth seed Dimitrov made it two wins out of two in the Pete Sampras Group with a 6-0 6-2 victory over Goffin. “You get a few days out of the year that whatever you touch turns to gold, and that was the first set,” said Dimitrov.
The Austrian fourth seed will play Goffin for the other semi-final place on Friday, after seeing off the Spaniard Carreno Busta – an injury replacement for fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal – in just over two hours.
“It was a really, really tight match,” said Thiem. “I think he took the place of Rafa very well, a very tough three-setter. I’m pleased to be through, got very very tight at the end.” Six-time champion and World No.2 Roger Federer is already through to the semi-finals from the Boris Becker Group, with Alexander Zverev or Jack Sock set to join him.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares beat Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers!
Briton Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares kept their hopes alive at the ATP Finals with victory over Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers in the doubles tournament.
A defeat would have been disastrous as it would have ended their chances of reaching the last four, but they won their second round match with a straight sets victory, 6-1 6-1.
They will now face Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, who qualified for the first semi-final spot from the group with another straight sets win 6-4 6-3 win over Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
Murray and Soares have already faced the Bryans on Monday last, where they were unable to turn over the brothers.
However, they were in unstoppable form on day four, smashing their opponents in less than an hour without facing a single break point. That been said, there is a slight concern for Murray who was struggling with a back issue and called on the trainer.
“It was like a spasm or joint or something,” said the Scot after the match. “It’s sore now. I’ll go and see the physio afterwards so hopefully they sort it out.”