Rafael Nadal confirms season finished due to injury

Ross Houston
November 7, 2018

Rafael Nadal has confirmed the ankle operation that forced his withdrawal from the ATP Finals in London went well.

"I did everything I could to keep in good condition to come to the end of the season, and really wanted to play in Paris and London".

Djokovic will be the ATP's year-ending No. 1 for the fifth time, pulling even with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors for the second most since the computer rankings began in 1973.

The 14-time grand slam champion, guaranteed to end the year as world number one, will compete with Zverev, Cilic and debutant Josh Isner - Nadal's replacement - for a place in the semi-finals.


"Unfortunately I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have an issue in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today", the 17-times Grand Slam victor wrote on Twitter.

Rafael Nadal announced Monday he has cut his season short because of more health setbacks.

"Unfortunately, I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and, in addition, I have a free body in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today".

On his ankle problem, he said: "It is true that we knew about it for a long time and from time to time it bothered me. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".


Meanwhile, reaching the final in London would rank alongside Anderson's US Open and Wimbledon final defeats against Nadal and Djokovic respectively as the most auspicious achievements of his career.

"This way I hope to be in full condition for the next season", he said, and thanked his supporters.

So yes, the Swiss legend, Roger Federer and the invincible man from Serbia, Novak Djokovic hold the crest at the tournament.

Rafael Nadal has once again been forced to withdraw from a tournament this week, missing the ATP Finals to continue a worrying trend for the Spaniard in hard-court tournaments.


Djokovic finished runner-up at the Paris Masters after losing to Karan Khachanov on Sunday but still returned to number one in the rankings for the first time since 2016.

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