Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rafael Nadal BOOED by Paris Masters crowd after withdrawing with injury

Rafael Nadal BOOED by Paris Masters crowd after withdrawing with injury

Roger Federer has revealed he turned down a reported $1 million offer to appear in a controversial exhibition match in Saudi Arabia in December, where fellow tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are considering playing.

"My abdominal muscles haven't felt good for the past few days, especially on service, doctors recommended that I didn't play", Nadal said.

World number 3 Roger Federer has won his 99th ATP title in Basel on Sunday and he still made a decision to travel to Paris and enter the main draw of the last Masters 1000 event of the season for the first time since 2015.

"It's been a hard year for me in terms of injuries, and so I'd prefer to avoid doing anything drastic", he added.

The Swiss world number three will play Canada's Milos Raonic in his opening match after receiving a bye in the first round. I feel like I recovered well from last week. On his last appearance in 2015 he was knocked out by American John Isner in the round of 16.

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Nadal has not played since the US Open in September, when he suffered a knee injury in the semi-final and his comeback has been now been curtailed.

While he believed he could have played against compatriot Fernando Verdasco, he did not think he was in competitive enough shape to complete the tournament.

"Yesterday, in the long match with Jo, in the middle of the second set, I overextended my elbow and it did some kind of pain", Raonic said. "I hope things will clarify as soon as possible".

Nadal did not say whether he will play at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beginning November 11. "Something that I was not able to do this year, playing only nine events and retiring in two".

Nadal arrived at the final regular tournament of the season targeting his 34th Masters 1000 title and needed to match Djokovic's performance to remain at the summit of the men's rankings.

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