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Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of ATP Finals

08 November, 2018, 07:31 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Annabel Croft I think Rafael Nadal will play the ATP Finals

Little spared by injuries since the beginning of his career, the "Bull of Manacor" has not played in competition since the beginning of September and its abandonment in the semi-finals of the US Open because, at the time of a knee problem.

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.

Nadal has only been able to take up his hard won place at the Finals three times in the past seven years - and last season was far from fit as he pulled out after just one match.

The 31-year-old, who was knocked off the No. 1 spot by Serbia's Novak Djokovic Monday, will be replaced by American John Isner at the November 11-18 event at London's O2 Arena. Much of Nadal's highlights this year did, however, come before lingering injuries got the best of him. Pete Sampras holds the record of six.

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Statistically at least, the suggested silver lining of a European disappointment is less likely to come to fruition. I'm sure with every game and every training session we'll be better and better.

Spaniard Nadal's withdrawal in Paris meant Djokovic returned to the top of the world rankings.

And Nadal was not able to recover to play the season-ending ATP Finals, opting to undergo surgery on a long-standing ankle problem in order to rehabilitate before 2019.

In a statement released on Twitter, Nadal confirmed the problem which forced him to miss the final Masters 1000 tournament of the campaign and continued pain in his ankle was the reason behind his absence from the elite eight-player field in London.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shouts during the final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

He was dumped out of the French Open as the 20th seed at the quarterfinal stage before embarking on a fine run.

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