Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Nadal to miss ATP finals and undergo ankle surgery

Nadal to miss ATP finals and undergo ankle surgery

Nadal said on Twitter on Monday that he was still bothered by the stomach muscle issue that forced him to withdraw from last week's Paris Masters and opted to have ankle surgery now in preparation for 2019.

"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".

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn his entry for the ATP Finals just hours before the draw having decided today that he is again not fit to play at the season-ending championships.

He added that he chose to have the ankle operation so he can start 2019 healthy.

Kevin Anderson has had another great season after a showing in his maiden Grand Slam final in NY previous year, with a remarkable run to the Wimbledon final and winning his first ATP 500 title in Vienna just a couple of weeks ago.

Plenty of positives to reflect on then, and it calls into question as to whether Djokovic would have been quite so dominant in the second half of the season if Nadal he had been around more.

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

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"Thanks to all for the support".

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.

12 years later, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga repeated that feat in Canada as well, entering the tournament ranked 15th and playing some rock solid tennis in order to beat world number 1 Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and Roger Federer to secure the title after four straight Top 10 triumph.

Anderson could also take this achievement a heady step or two further by improving on his current world ranking of sixth and his recently-achieved temporary world ranking of fifth should he actually win the ATP Finals against the odds and move into a fourth-ranking position - thus far only achieved by South Africans in pre-ATP official rankings by Eric Sturgess (1949) and Cliff Drysdale (1967). Roger Federer has a big serve too'.

Any year in which you win an 11th title at Roland Garros, Barcelona and Monte Carlo is hardly a wasted one, and yet this has been a deeply frustrating year for Nadal.

Novak Djokovic is the top seed in this group and is pitted against Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and John Isner, which on paper definitely looks like the tougher group of the two, especially given the surface and conditions.

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