Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals to undergo ankle surgery


Rafael Nadal has withdrawn his entry for the ATP Finals just hours before the draw having decided today that he is again not fit to play at the season-ending championships. But he would have been keen to continue his winning run in the final regular-season event of the 2018 campaign before the ATP Finals in London.

Nadal issued a statement on social media this afternoon: "It has been a hard year - very good on a tennis level when I have been able to play and, at the same time, very bad as far as injuries are concerned".

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

This way I hope to be in top conditions for next season.

The Spaniard's exit means John Isner will make his London debut. The world No. 2 has not played since retiring from his U.S. Open semifinal showdown against Juan Martin Del Potro because of a knee issue.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who has knocked Rafael Nadal from the world top spot.

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"Reflecting on what I've been through in the past year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic, who was No. 2 last week and hadn't been No. 1 since November 2016. The world is excited for the quarterfinal final repeat of the Wimbledon and this time Federer's gears up to avenge his grass court major loss from Anderson.

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

Back-to-back Australian Opens followed in 2012 and 2013, although three heart-breaking final defeats kept the French Open frustratingly out of reach until 2016, when his breakthrough win at Roland Garros allowed him to complete his career Slam.

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

So, if the shoulder injury that hindered him in the Paris Quarter-Final against Khachanov has been dealt with properly, he will be a force to reckon with in London.