ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal ruled out of London event

Lynette Rowe
November 7, 2018

"I couldn't be happier to end the season like this, to win against Novak Djokovic, the number one in the world".

That's because the man he overtook, Rafael Nadal, is done for 2018.

Novak Djokovic will begin the week as the top-ranked men's singles player in the world, but it was not the ideal ending he anticipated after suffering a shock loss to Karen Khachanov in the final of the Roles Masters in Paris on Sunday.

But he has seemingly rediscovered his start of the season form, with a very good showing in Paris with impressive wins over Kohlschreiber and Dimitrov, and pushing Djokovic to the brink.

"I want to talk about how well he played all week", Djokovic said, as per ATP's official site.

Rafael Nadal says he needs an operation on his right ankle and will miss the ATP Finals in London this month. In January, he suffered a hip injury that forced his to pull out of the fifth set against Marin Cilic in the Australian Open quarterfinals. More worryingly, unlike Roger Federer (knee) or Djokovic (elbow), it is several body parts hampering Nadal.

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Nadal follows Juan Martin del Potro as the second player to have qualified to be forced to withdraw through injury, with world No 10 Isner, 33, set to now make his debut in London.

Nadal is five years younger then Federer, but his all encompassing physical style of play has always put demands on him physically.

Djokovic's 22-match unbeaten run was ended by Karen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final on Sunday (November 4) after beating Federer in a classic last-four encounter.

Only a semi-final defeat at the French Open prevented him from becoming just the third man to capture a calendar Grand Slam.

Djokovic has also not been afraid to take chances and innovate his game, bringing in Boris Becker as part of his coaching team for the start of the 2014 season, although he has since reunited with long-time mentor Marian Vajda.

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.

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