Nov.03 - SportLand: Rafael Nadal suffered an injury scare but still moved into the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters after beating Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3, on what was an eventful day in the French capital. The world No. 1 is chasing a first title at Paris-Bercy and can move beyond Novak Djokovic to be crowned as the outright most successful player in Masters 1000 events, with just three more wins.
According to Metro, Cuevas has struggled for form since enjoying a fine clay-court season, losing nine consecutive matches ahead of this event but having got some victories under his belt, he battled back to cause Nadal some issues. The top seed appeared to be complete control, leading by a set and a break, but Cuevas took the match into a decider to take advantage of Nadal’s injury troubles.
He ultimately overcame the world No. 36, though he hit seven double faults, but fears will no doubt mount concerning his involvement at the ATP World Tour Finals, despite his escape act on Thursday evening. Several seeds fell in a hectic day, with David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov among the casualties, although the former still confirmed his spot at the ATP Finals in London. After Lucas Pouille crashed out, the Belgian secured the seventh place at the season-ending event and he will join Federer, Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic and Dimitrov at the O2.
‘Both ways are great to me, but of course, I would love to reach London once again. ‘It could be a fantastic moment for me. I didn’t expect to get this close to qualifying for London. ‘And everything is very amazing after all my problems, all my injuries… I love to surprise myself, and that’s what I’m doing now.’
For Nadal, Filip Krajinovic awaits after the world No. 77 continued his fine run in Paris by beating Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-1. Nadal got off to a quick start, breaking for a 3-1 lead inside the opening 15 minutes and kept hold of his own serve to take a 1-0 lead.