Second seed Nadal could have secured the year-end world number one ranking by winning the Bercy title this week
Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters through injury just minutes before the scheduled start of his semi-final against Denis Shapovalov on Saturday, leaving the Canadian to play Novak Djokovic in the final.
Second seed Nadal could have secured the year-end world number one ranking by winning the Bercy title this week.
Djokovic had beaten Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the first semi-final, but with an expectant crowd waiting in their seats for the second last-four match, it was announced that Nadal was out of the tournament.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion will take over from Djokovic at the top of the world rankings next week, despite missing out on the chance to win a maiden title at Bercy.
Four-time champion Djokovic will take on 20-year-old Shapovalov on Sunday.