Nadal battles past Cuevas to reach Paris quarters

Rafael Nadal battled through to the quarter-finals today

Rafael Nadal battled through to the quarter-finals today

Rafael Nadal locked up No. 1 on Wednesday in Paris, but today had to withdraw from the event ahead of his quarterfinal match against Filip Krajinovic. "Of course it's a very tough decision for me, especially here in Paris, which has been the most important city in my career without a doubt", the 10-time French Open champion, who struggled with his knee in Tuesday's third-round win against Pablo Cuevas, said. "Let's see. I'm going to do my treatment".

"For me it's not about London, it's about longer term", Nadal said referring to the ATP Finals, the season-ending tournament which is set to be held in London between November 12-19.

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"I have to pull out. It's something that means a lot to me". "I need to play well, but as I say, I hope to be ready to make that happen", remarked Nadal.

Nadal, 31, is the oldest player to sit atop the world rankings and this is his fourth time finishing the year as the highest ranked player.

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If Nadal pulls out of the Tour Finals, it would leave world No. 2 Roger Federer as the only member of the "Big Four" - which includes Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - in the event.

"I think I know that he is skeptical on his chances to play in London", said Forget, who added that Nadal had arrived in Paris in mediocre condition. He said that he was going to do his best to play in London, but that his main concern is not the World Tour Finals, but more so that he can continue playing tennis long-term.

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Cuevas - undeterred by that break - produced a delightful "tweener" to win the opening point of the fifth game on Nadal's serve and, while he was unable follow up his scene-stealing trick shot by restoring parity, the 31-year-old won his next two service games to love as he settled into the match.

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