Rafael Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters with abdominal injury

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"Maybe I can play today, but the doctor says if I want to play the tournament, I want to try to win the tournament, the abdominal with break for sure".

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When asked about his prospects for London - a tournament he has already missed six times because of injury - Nadal replied "I am very sorry but I can not answer you. I hope things will clarify as soon as possible".

"Of course I know, I'm aware of what's happening, and it's sad, of course".

For Nadal, it is the second straight year he has withdrawn from the Paris indoor tournament and he is not sure if he will play at the season-ending ATP Finals in London, starting November 11.

They are set to battle for the world No.1 spot at the Paris Masters in France this week but the focus was on their lucrative contest on December 22.

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The 31-year-old spent 12 months struggling with an elbow injury which required surgery, but he has since recovered to win the last two Grand Slam titles.

Federer's only tournament victory in Bercy came in 2011. He reached the last-16 by defeating João Sousa on Tuesday.

"I decided I'm happy to be here and it has been a positive few days for my mental part too to be here again practicing with the guys". "I went and I did an ultrasound and MRI, and they found some kind of a lesion in the tricep".

"I can talk about a pain that bothers me overtime that I serve. I'm excited", he added, after winning the Swiss indoor championships in Basel on Sunday.

It has been a rapid, but rocky, ride back to the top for the man whose 14 Grand Slam titles put him behind only Nadal and Federer on the all-time list.

Improbable as it seemed when Novak Djokovic had elbow surgery in February then slumped into a crisis of confidence, the Serb was guaranteed a return to world number one on Wednesday.