Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Nadal’s hard-court woes continue with ATP Finals withdrawal

Novak Djokovic blasted by pundit for on-court behaviour Rafael Nadal: Spaniard to have surgery on ankle injury and miss ATP Finals
| 08 November, 2018, 07:30

"With this, I hope to be in full health for the next season".

"It is true that we had detected it for a long time and from time to time it bothered me".

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the season-ending ATP Finals due to a persistent abdominal injury and will take the time off to have ankle surgery.

The Spaniard's absence from London means 14-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will end the year as the world number one for the fifth time in his career: level with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors, and one behind Pete Sampras.

12 years later, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga repeated that feat in Canada as well, entering the tournament ranked 15th and playing some rock solid tennis in order to beat world number 1 Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer to secure the title after four straight Top 10 triumph.


"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks".

Nadal's place in the eight-man tournament in London goes to John Isner. "It's been a phenomenal return to form that would have been hard to imagine just six months ago", ATP executive chairman and president Chris Kermode said.

Nadal said he needed an operation on his right ankle and is also yet to recover from the abdominal problem that kept him out of the Paris Masters last week.

Nadal has not featured on the ATP World Tour since retiring in the semi-finals of the US Open in September, also suffering this year with hip and knee problems. But he competed in only three events after the French Open in June.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shouts during the final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

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