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Nadal confirms absence from ATP finals after ankle operation

07 November 2018, 08:18 | Charlene Valdez

Rafael Nadal: Spaniard to have surgery on ankle injury and miss ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic Karen Khachanov

Since his season will be finishing early for that reason, he is making the most of the extra time off to go for surgery on an ongoing ankle issue.

He could yet take part at the ATP Tour Finals in London after earning a spot as the second alternate for the season-ending event. Unfortunately, I had an abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have a foreign body in the ankle joint that has to be removed through surgery.

Last week, he had to forfeit the tournament of Paris-Bercy due to injury to the abdominal muscles.

" The ankle injury has bothered me for some time but I have managed the pain".

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

Rafael Nadal is now set for a period of recovery until he begins preparations for the 2019 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. "Five months ago, if you told me that ... it was highly improbable at that time, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".


Furthermore, Djokovic enjoys a lifetime 25-22 record over Federer and 27-25 against Nadal.

So not much has changed, except for the fact it is a different injury causing him to end his season prematurely.

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.

Without Nadal, the Serb will be the clear favourite at the ATP Finals, for which the draw will be made later on Monday.

Despite his successes, Nadal's season was marred by health woes.

Roger Federer, seeking his 100th career ATP title and a sixth end-of-year crown, is the No. 2 seed at the O2 Arena and has been drawn alongside No. 4 Kevin Anderson, No. 6 Dominic Thiem and No. 7 Kei Nishikori in Group Lleyton Hewitt.



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