Rafael Nadal: Spanish will undergo an ankle surgery and miss ATP Finals


Rafael Nadal retired from the Paris Masters last week
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Rafael Nadal will be out of ATP Finals in November in London and will undergo surgery on an ankle injury.

Nadal retired from the Paris Masters last month with an abdominal muscle injury, which means Novak Djokovic replaced him as number one in the world.

The 32-year-old Spaniard said that while still suffering from the injury, he "seized the moment" and performed an ankle surgery.

The American John Isner takes the place of Nadal in the event of eight players in London.

The draw of the hard court tournament takes place on Monday live on The One Show on BBC One, 19:00 GMT.

In a social networking post, 17-time Grand Slam champion, Nadal wrote: "It was a complicated year, very good at the tennis level when I was able to play, and at the same time very bad with regard to injuries." .

"Unfortunately, I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and besides, I have a free body at the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today.

"It is true that we had detected it a long time ago and it bothered me from time to time. However, since the problem in the abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we took the time to remove the free body and avoid future problems.

"In this way, I hope to be in full condition for next season."

Nadal has retired from two of three toughest events this season – the Australian Open and the US Open – but won the other, the Rogers Cup.

The absence of the Spaniard in London means that 14-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will end the year as the world's number one for the fifth time in his career: level with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors, and one behind Pete Sampras.


BBC Tennis Correspondent Russell Fuller

Nadal only managed to clinch his place in the Finals three times in the last seven years – and last season was far from fit, as he gave up after just one game.

Any year you win a 11th title at Roland Garros, Barcelona and Monte Carlo will hardly be wasted, and yet this was a deeply frustrating year for Nadal.

He had to get out of 10 tournaments for a combination of hip, knee, stomach and ankle problems as well as fatigue, and also had to retire by injury in his quarterfinals of the Australian Open and semi-final of the US Open .

While Nadal awaits eight weeks of preparation for the new season, Novak Djokovic now knows that he will end the year as the world number one for the fifth time in his career.


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