Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Djokovic reclaims No. 1 ranking after two-year absence

Khachanov dominates in Paris Rafael Nadal: Spaniard to have surgery on ankle injury and miss ATP Finals
Rita Gibson | 07 November, 2018, 20:15

Abdominal problems had seen Nadal pull out of the Paris Masters last week and while they continued to hinder him, the Spaniard also revealed he needed an operation to remove a "free body" from his ankle.

Without Nadal, the Serb will be the clear favourite at the ATP Finals, for which the draw will be made later on Monday.

"Hello all, I'm writing these words at the end of my season", he said in the first of a series of tweets posted on Monday afternoon.

Rafael Nadal has generated many remarkable statistics in his storied career. I could very well be the underdog in every single match I play; that could be a good thing for me. "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".

On his page on "Twitter" Nadal reported that the early end of the season he was inclined to numerous health problems.

So yes, the Swiss legend, Roger Federer and the invincible man from Serbia, Novak Djokovic hold the crest at the tournament.

A hip injury proved increasingly problematic during his quarter-final against Marin Cilic and the top seed cut a frustrated figure as he retired trailing 2-0 in the fifth and final set.

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Cheeky Mel B then interjected: 'But she is joining us at Wembley on June 14th, ' sparking laughter from the rest of the group. The performers are excited to be back together on stage and "to spice things up all over again", said Bunton.

But he has time on his side - Federer has already celebrated his 37th birthday while injury-plagued Nadal is 32.

The beaten finalist at Melbourne Park in 2017, Nadal saw his Australian Open campaign end in painful fashion this January.

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

Djokovic's 22-match unbeaten run was ended by Karen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final on Sunday (November 4) after beating Federer in a classic last-four encounter.

Once again we find ourselves wondering what shape Nadal will be in for next season. But he competed in only three events after the French Open in June.

"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks", ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kerned said.

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