Del Potro faces time out with fractured knee cap

However, he ultimately had to withdraw from the match, which he lost 7-5.

While it didn't look overly concerning at the time, it's now been revealed that Del Potro has suffered a patellar fracture. "It's a very hard moment, I feel very sad. I feel very sad", Del Potro said. "It's a hard blow that leaves me without strength", said Del Potro, runner-up at the US Open last month.

Juan Martin Del Potro suffered a fractured kneecap at the Shanghai Masters, an injury that could see him miss next month's ATP Finals in London.

The Argentine was forced to retire with right knee pain from his third-round match against Borna Coric after taking a heavy knock to his knee at the back end of the first set.

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Speaking about the injury, Del Potro, who has won two titles this season, including the Indian Wells Masters, admitted his chances of playing the final tournament of the campaign are remote.

Del Potro is likely to withdraw from the Swiss Indoors in Basel - a year ago he lost to Roger Federer in a three-set final - the Rolex Paris Masters and then the ATP Finals in London.

It is not yet known how long Del Potro will be sidelined for, with an ATP statement saying doctors will "evaluate the recovery process in the coming days".

Serbia's Novak Djokovic beat Coric on Sunday in the finals.

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