Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals to undergo ankle surgery

Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals to undergo ankle surgery

Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals to undergo ankle surgery

He had surgery on his right ankle Monday.

Rafael Nadal confirmed on Monday he will miss the ATP Finals in London this month and that his season is over due to injury.

'I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in good condition, both in Paris and London, doing things well and I really wanted to play.

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.

"I think we will reach the new season if everything goes according to plan".

"Unfortunately, I had an abdominal problem in Paris last weekend and I also have a problem with an ankle join that needs to be dealt with in the operating room today".

"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.

"It is true that we had detected for some time and occasionally bothered me".

Because Nadal's season is over, Djokovic is assured of finishing the year atop the ATP rankings for the fifth time. "Thank you all for the support".

Rafael Nadal has generated many remarkable statistics in his storied career.

The Spaniard will be hoping to return to full fitness for the Australian Open - where he won the title in 2009 - in January.

Despite his successes, Nadal's season was marred by health woes.

The 11-time French Open champion has qualified for the season-ending competition in 14 consecutive years since 2005 but has now withdrawn or retired in seven of those.

He is three majors off Roger Federer's men's record of 20 Grand Slams.

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.

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