Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Nadal confirms his absence from ATP finals - USA

Nadal confirms his absence from ATP finals - USA

Nadal's withdrawal from the ATP Finals means John Isner makes the end-of-season event.

The Serb is back on the top of the pile for the first time in two years, at the end of a roller-coaster season for the 14-time major victor.

Djokovic moved up from No. 2 to overtake Rafael Nadal on Monday. Unfortunately, Paris had a problem with his stomach and my ankle there is a foreign body, which today it is necessary to remove during surgery.

The American joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori on the bill at The O2.

Nadal, 32, was in last week's Paris Masters draw, but withdrew minutes before he was due to take the court, citing an abdominal injury.

'I would reckon the Novak Djokovic group is the tougher one, ' said the German, who coached Djokovic for three years. "And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it".

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 semifinals. "Five months ago, if you told me that ... it was highly improbable at that time, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

"This way I hope to be in top condition for next season".

Nadal - who has not featured on the ATP Tour since retiring ahead of his semi-final with Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open in September - posted an update to Twitter on Wednesday morning (AEDT), confirming he had returned following procedure.

So, if the shoulder injury that hindered him in the Paris Quarter-Final against Khachanov has been dealt with properly, he will be a force to reckon with in London.

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

"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks", ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kerned said.

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