"We had detected this a while ago and it has bothered me every now and then, but since the problem in the abdominal muscle will prevent me from playing in London we will make the most of this moment to intervene in the ankle and to avoid future problems".
MADRID, Nov 6 ― Rafael Nadal confirmed yesterday he will miss the ATP Finals in London this month and that his season is over due to injury. Pete Sampras holds the record of six. He had surgery on his right ankle Monday.
With Nadal out of competitive tennis for the rest of the year, Novak Djokovic is assured of ending the season on top of the world rankings.
Djokovic has since gone 43-5, including Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open to join Sampras with 14 majors - tied third behind Federer (20) and Nadal (17).
The Spaniard pulled out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury and after failing to recover in time, has now withdrawn from next week's event.
Nadal has retired from two of the three hard-court events he has competed at this season - the Australian Open and the US Open - but won the other, the Rogers Cup.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia shouts during the final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.
The ATP Finals take place in London on November 11-18, with Group Hewitt matches kicking off the action on Sunday.