Rafael Nadal insisted he would be ready to play at the World Tour Finals in London later this month, despite having his knee strapped during his Paris Masters last-16 win over Pablo Cuevas on Thursday (Oct 2). "It has been an unbelievable year".
Nadal said after his win: "I am very happy for everything, it has been an incredible year".
The 16-time Grand Slam victor had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.
After both sides held their serves in the first two games, Chung broke for the first time throughout the match, before Nadal made a strong comeback to nail four games in a row.
"It's about the passion for what you are doing", Nadal said on Wednesday. I had treatment yesterday night but it's impossible to go on court.
"The way that i am today i dont see myself playing three more matches, the knee is always bothering a little bit but sometimes its worse", he added.
Nadal has done enough throughout the season to finish at the No. 1 spot regardless of this injury set back. But Nadal then broke Chung to love to clinch the first set. He will next face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.
"And it is normal that at the end of the season after all the things that happened and all the season, all the matches I played with high intensity, it's normal that I have a few body issues". He told the media that at some points during the match, he couldn't move.
The last spot is now held by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta but Juan Martin Del Potro, Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner and Sock still have a chance to qualify depending on results in Paris.
Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson's chances took a dent after a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.