Nadal confirms season finished due to injury

Grant SmithNov 08, 2018

"An arthroscopy will be practiced to remove it and be able to be in ideal conditions for the beginning of next season", Nadal's doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, of Clnica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis, said in the statement.

"We had detected this a while ago and it has bothered me every now and then, but since the problem in the abdominal muscle will prevent me from playing in London we will make the most of this moment to intervene in the ankle and to avoid future problems".

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the ATP Finals and ended his 2018 season prematurely to undergo ankle surgery. Pete Sampras holds the record of six.

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.

It means that Novak Djokovic, who returned to top spot in the world rankings today, is now guaranteed to end the year as number one as neither the injured Nadal nor Roger Federer, who is too far behind, can catch him.

Nishikori will join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem at the eight-player event with Nadal's replacement still to be confirmed.

Nadal has played just nine events in 2018, winning five of them, including an historic 11th French Open title at Roland Garros for his 17th career grand slam.

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.

Djokovic's dominant run ended on Sunday when he was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Russian Kharen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final.

Rafa Nadal will not take part in the ATP Finals and waves goodbye to the rest of the season.

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