Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of ATP Finals

Nadal withdrew from next week's ATP Finals citing an abdominal injury and announced he was having arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle.

"I am writing to you to signal the end of the season", Nadal said in a tweet.

The Serb is back on the top of the pile for the first time in two years, at the end of a roller-coaster season for the 14-time major victor.

"Unfortunately, I had an abdominal problem in Paris last weekend and I also have a problem with an ankle join that needs to be dealt with in the operating room today.

This way I hope to be in full condition for next season".

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.

Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori has been drafted into the tournament following the withdrawal of Juan Martin del Potro due to a right knee injury.

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The 14-time grand slam champion, guaranteed to end the year as world number one, will compete with Zverev, Cilic and debutant Josh Isner - Nadal's replacement - for a place in the semifinals.

"I'm very, very happy and proud about it".

Nadal said on Twitter on Monday that he was still bothered by the stomach muscle issue that forced him to withdraw from last week's Paris Masters and opted to have ankle surgery now in preparation for 2019.

Russian-Armenian tennis player Karen Khachanov scored a major upset victory over Serbia's Novak Djokovic to win the Paris Masters men's tennis title, calling it the "biggest achievement" of his career.

After his success at Roland Garros and a run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon, Nadal did enjoy hard-court success, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Rogers Cup .

Djokovic is the clear favourite at the ATP Finals in London this month.

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

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