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Rafael Nadal gives away his number one tennis rank to Novak Djokovic

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  • EFE

The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal from the Masters 1000 of Paris-Bercy, with which next week the Serbian Novak Djokovic will complete a spectacular return to regain the number one rank in the world for the Professional Tennis Association (ATP).

Nadal said he felt discomfort in the abdominal muscle, especially at the time of executing the service, so he consulted with the doctor, who recommended that he not play against Fernando Verdasco to prevent further complications.

Playing in those conditions would have caused the abdominal rupture, so he would have to spend much more time out of action, explained the Mallorcan tennis player.

According to Nadal, "I have had a difficult year in terms of injuries, so I want to avoid something drastic. I could have played today, but the doctor says that if I do it, try to win the tournament, I was surely going to break my abdominal," he added.

Nadal has been suffering from different injuries over the past few months, the last of them, a discomfort in the right knee that forced him to forfeit to the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open.

On the possibility of participating in the Masters Cup at the end of the year in London, he said he still couldn’t guarantee anything, because his goal is to be completely healthy and to play for several weeks consecutively.

The great beneficiary of Nadal’s withdrawal is someone who knows very well what it is to lose time and positions in the ranking thanks to injuries: Novak Djokovic, who next Monday will appear first in the ATP world ranking, regardless of what he does in Paris.

Djokovic lost due to different injuries almost one year of his career, and came out of the Top 20 before restarting his assentation in the ATP world rankings with great victories, like the one at the Cincinnati Open.

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