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Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals, set to undergo surgery

Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals, set to undergo surgery”

His plan for the Masters is two happy: John Isner was only supposed to be replacing and that gets finally a place holder for the tournament in london.

"Unfortunately I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today", Nadal wrote in a series of messages on his Twitter page.

Twelve months ago the 17-time major victor had made it to London to compete in the end-of-season finals, but played only one match against David Goffin before quitting the tournament due to a knee problem.

Nadal has retired from two of the three hard-court events he has competed at this season - the Australian Open and the US Open - but won the other, the Rogers Cup.

As a reward, Karen will travel to London as an alternate for the ATP Finals and he will finish the season just outside the Top 10, setting his eyes on much bigger goals in 2019 after what we saw from him at the US Open against Rafael Nadal and the last week in Paris.

He added that he made a decision to have the ankle operation so he can start 2019 healthy.

We will not see Rafael Nadal on a tennis court by the end of the season.

This way I hope to be in top conditions for next season. "Thank you all for your support".

"It was a complicated year, very good at the tennis level when I was able to play and at the same time very bad as far as injuries are concerned", Nadal said. Djokovic, Federer, Zverev, Anderson, Cilic, Thiem, Nishikori and Isner are the eight aspirants to win the Finals.

By virtue of Nadal's withdrawal, Novak Djokovic has mathematically clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.

Khachanov will rise to world number 11 on Monday and becomes the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title. More worryingly, unlike Roger Federer (knee) or Djokovic (elbow), it is several body parts hampering Nadal.

The issue was serious enough to also rule Nadal out of the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, but he went on to enjoy familiar success on clay, including yet another French Open title.

Inner has been drawn alongside Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic in the group stage.



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