Rafael Nadal cast doubt on his chances of winning a first ATP Finals title following what he called a “terrible” display in the defeat to Tommy Paul at the Paris Masters.

The Spaniard knew he had a chance of toppling Carlos Alcaraz in the race to end the season as the world No. 1, but those hopes were halted by a 3-6 7-6(4) 6-1 loss.

Nadal was playing his first match as a father, and had admitted it was “tough to leave home” with his son only three weeks old.

And following the match in Paris, Nadal was magnanimous in defeat and stressed he had “nothing to lose” when heading to Turin for the ATP Finals, which start on November 13.

"I'm excited about playing, even if it hasn't been the perfect couple of months for me, of course," said Nadal.

"But, yeah, nothing to lose. After a good year, going there, just trying my best." he added. A terrific start to 2022 slowed down due to injuries

Nadal swiftly confirmed his place in the season-ending event after winning both the Australian Open and French Open.