Rafa Nadal: If I'd faced Shapovalov, I may not have trained for a month


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Rafa Nadal: If I'd faced Shapovalov, I may not have trained for a month

In a press conference, speaking with reporters, Rafael Nadal explained what led him to withdraw from his match against Denis Shapovalov on Saturday in Paris. The Manacor native said: "At this point of my career, I don't care what it takes, at this point what really matters is to be happy and with more issues then not it's very hard to be happy playing tennis.

I can't allow myself to give the wrong steps because mentally it would be hard to cope with. The only goal right now is to recover. The calendar will depend what my body allows me to do. I don't know what happens, but I hope to be able to play in London, that's my big goal.

"There was a very important risk that it would get worse if I had played. The pain is there when I serve although it's not a big one. I needed to serve at 100 percent for the entire match in order to win. Given my experience in the past and since it is the abdominal, the logical thing was to do what we did; otherwise I could have ended my season here and stopped training for a month."

Nadal will undergo medical tests on Monday in Barcelona with his doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro, who suggested Rafael to take a one-week rest. There are worries that Nadal could miss the World Tour Finals in London.