Rafael Nadal is out of the Paris Masters after a second-round defeat by American Tommy Paul in simply the Spaniard’s second match for the reason that US Open and first since changing into a father.
World quantity 31 Paul got here from a set all the way down to beat Nadal 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-1.
Defeat for Nadal, who has battled an stomach damage for the reason that summer season, noticed his hopes of ending the 12 months as world primary undergo an enormous blow.
British primary Cameron Norrie misplaced to French qualifier Corentin Moutet.
There aren’t any remaining British gamers within the draw, after Dan Evans and Jack Draper have been additionally eradicated within the second spherical on Wednesday.
Nadal, 36, has solely performed as soon as – a Laver Cup doubles match alongside Roger Federer – since dropping within the fourth spherical of the US Open in early September.
He pale in the direction of the top of the second set towards 25-year-old Paul, who secured one of many wins of his profession.
The Paris Masters is the ultimate common ATP Tour occasion of the season, earlier than the ATP Finals get below method in Turin on 13 November.
Each titles are lacking from 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal’s illustrious trophy cupboard.
“At the end, I need days on the Tour,” Nadal mentioned. “It’s true that for the last five months I didn’t spend enough days on the tour. I don’t even say competing on a tennis court; I say on the tour, practising with the guys. That’s what I need.”
On competing on the ATP Finals, Nadal mentioned: “I am going to try, if nothing happens, if I am feeling OK, to be there a little bit earlier than usual and have some practices.
“Simply give myself an opportunity to take pleasure in one other Finals. You by no means know when goes to be the final, particularly at my age,” he added.
“So I’ll give my finest to take pleasure in this one, after which subsequent years after all I’ll combat to be again there.”
Norrie falls on dangerous day for the Brits
Following defeats for Evans and Draper, Norrie’s shock loss to qualifier Moutet late in the day ended British interest in Paris.
World number 13 Norrie did not get under way against Moutet, ranked 64th, until after midnight.
Just under three hours later he lost a third-set tie-break, falling to a 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3) defeat, having made 27 unforced errors and served four double faults.
Moutet will be back in action on Thursday when he faces Greek world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat British number two Evans 6-3 6-4.
Tsitsipas, 24, recorded breaks of serve early in both sets against 32-year-old Evans, who is ranked 27th in the world.
Meanwhile, Draper lost to American US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe 6-3 7-5.
World number 21 Tiafoe made the breakthrough in the eighth game against left-hander Draper before saving two break points as he served out the opening set.
British number three Draper, 45th in the rankings, was a game away from levelling the contest at 5-4 as the second set continued on serve, but Tiafoe closed out the match by winning three successive games.
Draper will contest the upcoming NextGen ATP finals for the season’s best players aged under 21, which takes place in Milan, from 8 November.
Former world primary Andy Murray misplaced his opening match against Frenchman Gilles Simon on Monday.
Daniil Medvedev also suffered a surprise defeat by Alex de Minaur in his second-round match.
Russia’s Medvedev, who received the US Open final 12 months, misplaced 6-4 2-6 7-5 to the Australian.