Rafael Nadal insists new serving action is ‘not an issue’ as he assesses Paris Masters injury

Rafael Nadal serving at Italian Open PA

Rafael Nadal has denied that his new serving action is responsible for the injury that forced him out of the Paris Masters.

The new world number one was forced to withdraw after sustaining a ‘small abdominal strain’ while warMing up for the his semi-final clash with Denis Shapovalov.

Nadal has been using a different service action this season, designed to increase his already at times body-breaking levels of sheer aggression.

He though, does not believe his new method can be responsible for this particular injury.

“I have been serving like this during the whole season,” he told reporters when quizzed in Paris following his withdrawal.

“It was not a different movement at all. No, that’s not an issue. My personal opinion, no.

“Last year, probably yes. When I came here, that was the first tournament that I changed a little bit the movement on the serve.

“When you change things, this kind of stuff can happen because is a risk and you involve different muscles.

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“But I am serving for this for one year, and I didn’t expect no one issue of this, and I didn’t have not one of those issues.

“So I don’t know. We can call unlucky, we can call different things, but it happened.”

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