Rafael Nadal has been eliminated from the Paris Masters. He was defeated by Tommy Paul, an American. This Spaniard’s first match since the US Open and his first since becoming a father.
World number 31 Paul won a set to beat Nadal, 3-6 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
Nadal’s defeat was a devastating blow to his hopes of being the world number one by the end of the year. He has been recovering from an abdominal injury since summer.
Cameron Norrie, British number one, lost to Corentin Moutet, a French qualifier.
After Jack Draper and Dan Evans were eliminated in Wednesday’s second round, there are no British players left in the draw.
Nadal (36), has only played once, a Laver Cup doubles game with Roger Federer, since losing in the fourth round at the US Open in September.
He lost the second set to Paul, a 25-year-old who won one of his most important wins.
The Paris Masters, the last regular ATP Tour event before the ATP Finals in Turin on November 13th, is
The 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal has lost both titles from his illustrious trophy collection
Nadal stated, “At the End, I need days to Tour.” It’s true, I didn’t spend enough time on the tour the last five months. I don’t even use the word “competing on a tennis court”; I mean on the tour, practicing with the guys. That’s all I need. ”
Nadal stated that he would compete at the ATP Finals if it didn’t happen. He also said that he would practice some techniques and be there a bit earlier than usual if he felt OK.
“I will give myself another chance to enjoy Finals. He said, “You never know when it will be the last, especially with my age.”
“So, I’m going give my best to enjoy it, and then the next years of course I’m going fight to get back there. ”
Norrie is injured on a bad day for the Brits
After defeats for Evans & Draper, Norrie’s surprise loss to qualifier Moutet late on the day ended British interest Paris.
World number thirteen Norrie didn’t get started against Moutet (ranked 64th) until after midnight.
He lost the third set tie-break just three hours later, losing 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3), having committed 27 errors unforced and serving four double faults.
Moutet is back in action on Thursday as he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greek world number five) who defeated Evans 6-3,6-4.
Tsitsipas (24), recorded serves of serve breaks in both sets against Evans (32), who is ranked 27th worldwide.
Draper was defeated by Frances Tiafoe, American Open semi-finalist, 6-3 7-5.
Tiafoe, 21st World number 21, made the breakthrough against Draper in the eighth game. He also saved two break points as he played the opening set.
British number 3 Draper, 45th, was just one game away from levelling it at 5-4. The second set continued serve but Tiafoe won three consecutive games to close out the match.
Draper will be competing in the NextGen ATP finals, which are for the season’s top players under 21. They take place in Milan starting on 8 November.
Former world number one Andy Murray lost his opening match against Frenchman Gilles Simon on Monday.
Daniil Medvedev was also stunned by Alex de Minaur’s defeat in the second round match.
Russia’s Medvedev lost 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to Australia. He won the US Open last season.