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Rafael Nadal cuts season short with health concerns

Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a stunning second half of the season Credit Telegraph AP
Cassandra Gardner | 08 November, 2018, 07:30

"With this, I hope to be in full health for the next season".

"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".

Nadal withdrew from next week's ATP Finals citing an abdominal injury and announced he was having arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle.

The Spaniard's absence from London means 14-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will end the year as the world number one for the fifth time in his career: level with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors, and one behind Pete Sampras.

Nadal was spotted leaving hospital with his right ankle in a bandage following surgery on Monday.

Novak Djokovic is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings after a two-year absence - and the first man in almost two decades to rise to the top spot after being outside the top 20 in the same season.

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The left-hander excels on the dirt and has won a staggering 11 French Open titles.

"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks".

An abdominal problem forced Nadal to abort his planned comeback from a knee injury at the Paris Masters as he ceded the world number one ranking to Novak Djokovic and he has not recovered in time for London.

The other round robin group, from which two players progress to the semi-finals, consists of Djokovic, Germany's Alexander Zverev, Croatia's Marin Cilic and America's John Isner, who replaces Nadal, the second qualifier to withdraw from the tournament through injury following that of Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

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

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