Season over for injured Nadal

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

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.

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

"Novak has everything to make records in this sport", said Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro after losing to Djokovic in the US Open final. 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.

Rafael Nadal says he needs an operation on his right ankle and will miss the ATP Finals in London this month.

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

What Anderson can not ascribe to, however, is progressing further than fourth in the world, with the points tally of current number one Novak Djokovic, withdrawn, but still current number two Rafael Nadal and number three Roger Federer beyond the South African's reach - come what might.

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".

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

"Thanks to all for the support".

That's because the man he overtook, Rafael Nadal, is done for 2018.

He was his usual dominant self on clay, collecting an 11th French Open title and three more titles along the way. Djokovic might dwell arduously on the tennis courts of London as his draw seems plausibly hard to get through.

Djokovic has also not been afraid to take chances and innovate his game, bringing in Boris Becker as part of his coaching team for the start of the 2014 season, although he has since reunited with long-time mentor Marian Vajda. Roger Federer has a big serve too'. The American joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori on the bill at The O2.

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