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- Rafa Nadal has ended his season after a loss to top-ranked Belgian player David Goffin on day two of the ATP World Tour finals.
- Nadal was hampered by a knee injury and will undergo treatment in a race against the clock to be fit for the 2018 Australia Open.
Rafa Nadal’s 2017 season is over.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed a career renaissance this year as he won two of the four tennis majors – the French Open and the US Open.
However, he was punished by world number eight David Goffin on day two of the ATP World Tour finals.
Hampered by a knee injury, Nadal lost by two sets to one in a two and a half hour match on Monday.
“I am off,” Nadal said when he exited the 02 Arena court in London. “My season is finished.”
Nadal blamed the defeat on his recurring knee problem. “I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. It is about the pain. I cannot hold with enough power to keep playing. It was a miracle to be even close to the score.”
The 2018 Australia Open begins in January, and as Nadal undergoes treatment, there are no guarantees that he will be fit enough to take part.
“I know what I have to do,” Nadal said. “I know the periods of time that I need to work. If the treatment works or not, we will see. The good thing is it is nothing new. Everybody on my team has the right experience.
“We hope to manage it, to have the right rest, the right work, and to try to be ready for the beginning of the next season,” he added.