Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after punishing defeat by David Goffin

• Nadal struggles with knee injury in 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 defeat
• Grigor Dimitrov edges past Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in classic

Rafael Nadal, who surprised even himself by ending the season No1 in the world, finished it down and out in Paris and London, calling it quits for 2017 on Monday night after losing against David Goffin in his first match of the ATP World Tour Finals.

His wounded knee gave up on him after two matches in Bercy last week and on the banks of the Thames it collapsed again under his vigorous hitting, as Goffin cashed in after blowing four match points to win 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 in two hours and 36 minutes. This end-of-season title is the only significant bauble in the game to elude Nadal and, at 31, he might go through his trophy-heavy career regarding it as his personal hell. “I am off,” he said matter-of-factly.

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November 14th, 2017 by