Tennis – Nadal All Set For Ankle Surgery
Rafael Nadal will miss November’s season-finishing ATP Finals in London as he he is all set to have a surgery on his ankle.
Nadal pulled back from a month ago’s Paris Masters with a stomach muscles damage, which means Novak Djokovic supplanted him as world number one.
The Spaniard, 32, said that since he was all the while enduring with that damage, he would “take advantage of the moment” and have a surgery on his ankle.
Novak Djokovic will finish the year as number #1 for the 5th time (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2018). Ties Federer and Connors.
Pete Sampras, 6
Jimmy Connors, 5
Roger Federer, 5
Novak Djokovic, 5
John McEnroe, 4
Ivan Lendl, 4
Rafael Nadal, 4
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) November 5, 2018
American John Isner has Nadal’s spot at the eight-player occasion in London.
Nadal has resigned from two of the three hard-court occasions he has contended at this season – the Australian Open and the US Open – yet won the other, the Rogers Cup.
The Spaniard’s nonappearance from London implies 14-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic will end the year as the world number one for the fifth time in his vocation: level with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors, and one behind Pete Sampras.
Rafael Nadal on hard courts in 2018
Brisbane – withdrew
Australian – retired
Acapulco – withdrew
Indian Wells – withdrew
Miami – withdrew
Toronto – ?
Cincinnati – withdrew
US Open – retired
Beijing – withdrew
Shanghai – withdrew
Paris – withdrew
London – withdrew
Saudi exo – ?
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) November 5, 2018
Rafael Nadal out of next week to undergo a procedure on his ankle, a big blow to London event (and contrary to what ATP were confidently briefing yesterday.)
— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) November 5, 2018
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