Ab Injury Sidelines Nadal; Djokovic To Face Shapovalov For Paris Title
by Staff | November 2nd, 2019, 6:24 pm

Rafael Nadal’s bad luck at the end of the year continued Saturday in Paris where the 2019 points race leader had to withdraw ahead of his semifinal against Denis Shapovalov due to an ab injury sustained during warm-up.

“We can call it unlucky, we can call it different things, but it happened today. And when things happen, the only thing that you can do is accept it. And even if it’s a tough situation for me, I need to stay positive,” Nadal said. “Finishing out like this is always a very negative thing, but the rest of the things of the week have been very positive.

“I enjoyed a lot playing here in Bercy, after a while without being able to enjoy this atmosphere in this amazing stadium, and I enjoyed playing good tennis.

“I have played three great matches, and I have been enjoying a lot being on court. So it’s tough finish like this, this event. That’s it. I need to accept, and recover well mentally and physically from that.”

Nadal now hopes to be ready for the ATP Finals in eight days, a title he has never won.

“I hope to be ready for London,” Nadal said. “That’s the biggest goal right now.

“I really hope it’s nothing too big, and the doctors believe that it’s nothing too big.”

Advancing to his second career final in as many months is Shapovalov. The Canadian who just made his first final a few weeks ago in Stockholm winning over Filip Krajinovic, will take on Novak Djokovic.

The 4-time champion Djokovic advanced to his 50th career Masters final getting through Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5), 6-4.

”It’s a motivation every day. I feel good in such conditions, especially in France,” Djokovic said of winning a fifth in Paris. “You have a lot of support from the crowd. You could see the French players had a lot of support. I’m motivated. I want to do well tomorrow. I hope to find my best tennis.”

Djokovic leads Shapovalov 3-0 in their series.

“His game has always been there and, especially this year, he’s improved even more,” said Djokovic. “He has played some impressive tennis, yesterday especially against Monfils. I’m looking forward to the final. Hopefully I will be able to get the best out of myself tomorrow.”

With a title, Djokovic will also narrow Nadal’s lead in the 2019 points race. Shapovalov will bid for his biggest career title and win.

“It’s going to be a different match. But of course I feel like the way I played against Gael was unbelievable. It was kind of one of those days where everything was going in for me. So I hope I can bring the same kind of level that I did against him,” Shapovalov said. “But at the same time, Novak is a different player. So it’s going to be a different kind of game and it’s going to be different tennis.”

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22 Comments for Ab Injury Sidelines Nadal; Djokovic To Face Shapovalov For Paris Title

Wog Bog Says:

Nole fans, we are better than this:


Giles Says:
Dave. My heart bleeds. Poor sick joker!
We are not going even to contemplate how Rafa injury happened and was announced after Nole has beaten Griša and few minutes prior to Shapovalov match, we are just going to say …Get well soon Rafa.

Wog Boy Says:

Shapovalov in two, easy.

Van Persie Says:


Not sure Nole will lose that easily, but he might lose…hope we are both wrong.

Was also surprised, Rafa pulled off, am sure it not that serious and he just wanted to be fit for London.

Will not lie, I see this as an opportunity for Nole to be Nr. 1 again at the end of the season, but a final btw. Nr. 1 and Nr. 2 in Paris, would have been the dream final.

Van Persie Says:

Nole idemooo tonight!

Get well, Rafa! Your presence in London would make things spicier for tennis fans. We do want a battle for Nr.1!

Giles Says:

Lol. Shapo in two easy. That’s right. Trying not to jinx joker but jinxing Shapo is perfectly ok!
These are all tricks of the trade as it were.

skeezer Says:

“ Nole fans, we are better than this:”
No, some are not.
Novak in 1.

Giles Says:

Poor joker. He’s cruising inspite of being “ SICK”. Lol

Van Persie Says:

Congrats Nole!

He improved now his own record in Paris Bercy😉

ronn Says:

When Djoko is serving well and playing like this, he is unbeatable. Just ask Roger and Rafa. Idemo, Djoko! 34 MASTERS and counting! And the ATP Finals should be interesting. And if Rafa pulls out, I like Djoko’s chances. If Djoko makes it to the finals and loses but Rafa doesn’t play, will that be enough for Djoko to return to #1 AND finish the year at #1? Does anybody know? Wogboy?

Daniel Says:

5th Paris title and he also won Tokyo a few weeks ago. Seems he is hungry foe #1 and the only ones I think can prevent that are either a Fed (if reach the zone) or Medvedev. Nadal won´t beat Novak in indoors, not after an injury.

#1 is not entirelly on Djokos hands as he has to reach finals to have a chance and that depend on Nadal´s results.

If Nadal reaches final undefeated (1000 pts), even Djoko beaitng him there undefeated (1500 pts) won’t be enough for Djoko to secure year end #1 as he is 640 pts behind Nadal.

So the best for Djoko is either Nadal loses befire finals or Nadal loses at least 1 singles round robin match (which can happen depedning on grouping).

Djoko has to do his part and win all his matches and semis. Than see what Nadal does.

If I have to bet, my money os on Djoko finishing a record tying 6th uear end #1 and clsoing the gap on Fed’s all time 310 weeks.

If he indeed does that he will have a silge GOAT record on his own and with next year 2nd career Skam with RG, Olympics, Total weeks as #1 and a few more Slams he can cement his legacy for good.

His part he did which was win Paris, he had to and he did. Just wish he had played Viena or Basel, a few more points (150 pts) and he wouldn’t depend on what Nadal does in London, and focus only on his matches.

Daniel Says:

Yeah Ronn, if Nadal doesn’t play Djoko needs 640 pts, which is 2 round ronis (200 each) plus finals (400) for a total of 7800 pts. He won’t need to win the tournament and can even lose a round robin match, but he needs to reach finals to even have a chance.

Best case for him is playing Nadal in semis, either him as 2nd in his group with 2 matches won (Nadal 1st in his 600 pts); or him 1st and Nadal second (with 1 loss). Because this way he neutralizes Nadal in semis, preventng him from reaching finlas and go for the final match of the year playing for title and #1 ranking.

If Nadal reaches finals undefeated: 3 round robins (660 pts) + semis (400 pts) points for a total of 1.000 pts, he secures year end #1 regardles of Djoko winning it undefeated.

chrisford1 Says:

Fed announced he is out of the ATP Finals.
For Nadal and Djokovic its like 2013 again. Down to the wire

skeezer Says:

^uh? Who said that? Gotta link?

fred stone Says:

There’s no cure for stupid.
Wrong tourno, dude.


vk Says:

^^surely meant the atp cup in jan..
Nole wins his 25th hard court masters.. Roger is on 22.. With 10 hard court grand slams to Roger’s 11, he is snapping at the heels… Soon the weeks at number 1 may be gone too.. year end number 1s may be gone too.. the most wimbledons record which surely would have been past Novak had he converted one match point is still within sight..

Daniel Says:

If Nadal indeed plays, hope he and Fed on the same group. Want to see Fed play Nadal again in indoor conditions to see if he keeps the same patern of late.

vk Says:

Would like roger to be in Nole’s group to check if the patterns have changed since the round robin of 2015

Wog Boy Says:

Damn it, wrong again…

Wog Boy Says:

All of that achieved with 5 years less time on tour.

With this title Nole won 55 so-called major titles (GS, masters, WTFs), the other two won 54 each.

j-kath Says:

Ditto to Skeezer’s comment. ?????????????????????

chrisford1 Says:

I’d give Rafa another major title with his 2008 OLympic gold – but that’s just me…

Wog Boy Says:

Actually, I was thinking the same, Olympic gold is a major title, ask Nole.

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