Following a tough 3-set loss to David Goffin in his opener, Rafael Nadal officially pulled out of the event due to ongoing issues with his right knee.
“I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the things that I had to do to try to be ready to play,” Nadal said. “But I am really not ready to play. I really fought a lot during the match, but knowing that probably was a big chance to be the last match of the season.
“It was not a decision at all,” Nadal added. “It’s about the pain. I cannot hold with enough power to keep playing. I tried, but [it] seriously was miracle to be very close in the score during the match.”
Nadal ends 2017 on a down note failing to finish his last two events due to his right knee. But he’ll edge Roger Federer for the No. 1 ranking and he won six titles including two Grand Slams.
Rafa will have about two months to get his knee ready for the Australian Open. But when he returns he’ll be without Uncle Toni who coached his last match today.
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