Rafael Nadal ATP Finals hopes boosted as world number one practices in London

Rafael Nadal at Paris Masters practice

Hopes of Rafael Nadal competing at the ATP Finals have been boosted by his return to training in London.

The world number one withdrew from the Paris Masters last week, citing a ‘small abdominal strain’ he sustained in the warm-up ahead of his semi-final against Denis Shapovalov.

That has meant a nervous wait this week to discover if he will opt to play at the O2, although he has travelled to London after a reportedly encouraging MRI scan result.

Now, video footage has been posted on social media of his hitting the ball apparently untroubled ahead of the tournament, which starts this weekend.

The real test, however, will be his serve, and that he is likely to take all the time available to him before taking a decision on whether to play the tournament or not.

“We will complete all phases and wait until the end,” Nadal’s long-time doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro told El Pais.

“For now we can go there and start training. Day by day will tell us the possibilities you have of playing On Saturday or Sunday we will know.”

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