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Rafael Nadal withdraws from his Rolex Paris Masters quarter-final against Filip Krajinovic on Friday.

Nadal Withdraws From Paris Quarter-final

Nadal was seeking his first Rolex Paris Masters title

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Rolex Paris Masters on Friday before his quarter-final against qualifier Filip Krajinovic due to a right-knee injury.

“I have to pull out,” Nadal said at a press conference. “Of course, it’s a very hard decision for me, especially — pulling out from any event is tough, but especially from here, from Paris. As I said a lot of times, it's the most important city in my career, without a doubt.”

On Wednesday, Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking with his second-round victory against Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Hyeon Chung. Nadal was the first player to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, doing so in June. The year-end finale will take place at The O2 in London from 12-19 November. However, the Spaniard says that he is not focusing on London at the moment.

“I am sad enough to pull out from here. It's a tournament that I have a lot of people that I know very well around the organisation, all the same people that organise Roland Garros. 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. So it's not the right day to talk about London,” Nadal said. “Only thing I’m going to say, I'm going to do my treatment, do my best to be playing in London, but I cannot talk about that now because it’s a day that is tough enough for me to pull out from here.”

Nadal was attempting to win his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Paris. Krajinovic will play John Isner or Juan Martin del Potro in his first Masters 1000 semi-final.

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