Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals and will have surgery on his ankle

Novak Djokovic

Nadal did win the Rogers Cup in Toronto this season, but he has otherwise endured nothing but misery in this year's biggest hard-court events.

He lost his No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic on Monday. I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in full fitness, both for Paris and London; I really wanted to play.

But he has seemingly rediscovered his start of the season form, with a very good showing in Paris with impressive wins over Kohlschreiber and Dimitrov, and pushing Djokovic to the brink.

Nishikori was beaten by Federer in the last eight in Bercy last week before getting the call to replace the injured Juan Martin del Potro in the ATP Finals, which start at the O2 Arena on Sunday (November 11).

Djokovic, 31, underwent elbow surgery in January and slipped to 22nd in the world after a depressing quarter-final exit at Roland Garros in June, which left him briefly threatening to skip Wimbledon.

By virtue of Nadal's withdrawal, Novak Djokovic has mathematically clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking. "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". Roger Federer has a big serve too'.

He hasn't played since suffering injury in the US Open semi-final on September 7 and can't play in London due to an abdominal pain.

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Its once again the time of the year where the creamiest of the cream tennis players defend against each other.

The Serb returned to the number one spot for the first time since 2016 despite his loss in the Paris Masters final against Karan Khachanov.

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

He should be feeling pretty good about his game right now and would be looking forward to reversing the results of his last year's showing in London where he was unable to win a match.

Only a semi-final defeat at the French Open prevented him from becoming just the third man to capture a calendar Grand Slam.

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

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