Nadal confident of London appearance
Tennis world number one Rafel Nadal believes that he will be able to make enough of a recovery to compete in the ATP World Tour Finals in London later this month.
Nadal was forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters due to contracting tendonitis in his left shoulder, though the Spaniard remains confident that he will be able to best the injury.
The Spaniard made it clear that he laments the decision to withdraw from the competition in Paris, claiming that he has a particularly special relationship with the city.
"It was not an easy decision [to pull out of Paris] because Paris is a special city for me." said Nadal.
"But I have played all the season's Masters and Grand Slams. I will be back to practice soon, before next Sunday."
If Nadal is to compete in the event at London, he will surely be looking to better his record their last year, which saw him knocked out of the competition without managing to notch up even a single set.
Memories of the way in which 2009's London World Tour Finals prompted the powerful left-hander to say: "It's my goal to improve the image of last year in London."
Nadal has already shown that he is a force to be reckoned with this year, after completing a prestigious career Grand Slam at the mere age of 24-years-old. He has emerged victorious in the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon this year, and shows no sign of letting up on his relentless pace.
Nadal's absence because of the injury has meant that Britain's Andy Murray, who has just achieved his first title with his brother, to be seeded as third in Paris. He will receive a bye in the first round, automatically gaining him entry into round two of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Stan James, Betfair and Boylesport offer 11/2 odds that American Andy Murray will go on to the ATP Paris Masters.