Rafael Nadal confirms 'end of the season' due to injury

I have abdominal pain every time I serve says Rafael Nadal

An abdominal problem kept him out of Paris Masters last week, and he needs an operation on his right ankle. He has secured qualification for the ATP Finals in 14 consecutive years, yet has withdrawn before or during the event on...

Novak Djokovic is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings after a two-year absence - and the first man in almost two decades to rise to the top spot after being outside the top 20 in the same season.

Because Nadal's season is over, Djokovic is assured of finishing the year atop the ATP rankings for the fifth time.

"This way I hope to be in top condition for next season".

Top seed Djokovic returned to the top of the world rankings following Rafael Nadal's withdrawal from last week's Paris Masters due to injury. Anderson came from two sets down to defeat Federer in their Wimbledon quarterfinal in July.

On Monday the world No 2 announced that he will once again be skipping the O2 Arena - the seventh time that he has been unable to fully participate in the season-ending tournament.

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Djokovic is now just three behind Nadal's total of 17 Grand Slams and six shy of Roger Federer's record of 20. "I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this".

Group Gustavo Kuerten were Serb Novak Djokovic, the German Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic of Croatia and American John Isner.

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

Any year in which you win an 11th title at Roland Garros, Barcelona and Monte Carlo is hardly a wasted one, and yet this has been a deeply frustrating year for Nadal.

"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks".

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

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