Isner keeps Tour finals hopes alive as Nadal withdraws in Paris

Juan Martin Del Potro suffers defeat at Paris Masters to miss out on ATP World Tour Finals

But his must-win encounter against Isner in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters ended with a disappointing 6-4 6-7 6-4 defeat on Friday.

Del Potro had come from nowhere to challenge for a berth in London and would have been guaranteed to seal the eighth and final place by beating Isner on Friday.

The ninth-seeded American, who needs to win the tournament to reach the finals in London this month, overcame the Argentine 13th seed 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4.

Nadal told a news conference that he was suffering from a right knee problem, leaving his participation in the season-ending Tour finals in the balance and robbing fans in Paris of the tournament's prime attraction.

"I'm exhausted but I did all my effort, I don't have anything to (reproach) myself (for)", Del Potro said.

Meanwhile, unseeded Julien Benneteau continued his unexpected march by knocking out third-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5.

Tennis - ATP 1000 Masters Series - Rolex Paris Masters - AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France - November 3, 2017 USA's John Isner during a break in play in his quarter final match against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

He will face either American Jack Sock or Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

"You would think Rafa, if he took the court would be the favorite in that match". I don't know what's going through his head, but I can't control that. "So that's what I'm focusing on".

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