Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer learn ATP World Tour Finals draw fate

Novak Djokovic

Nadal's decision means that Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to end the year as the leader of the world rankings.

He could yet take part at the ATP Tour Finals in London after earning a spot as the second alternate for the season-ending event.

His plan for the Masters is two happy: John Isner was only supposed to be replacing and that gets finally a place holder for the tournament in london.

He played his last match at the US Open in September, when he retired with a knee injury in the semifinal against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro. The Serbian will now become the first player since ATP rankings were introduced in 1973 to end the year at number one having started it outside the top 20.

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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.

"I did everything I could to keep in good condition to come to the end of the season, and really wanted to play in Paris and London".

Rafael Nadal says he needs an operation on his right ankle and will miss the ATP Finals in London this month.

The tennis player explained the problem had been detected "a while ago and it occasionally bothered me".

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

"This way I hope to be in full condition for the next season", he said, and thanked his supporters.

The 22-year-old Khachanov defeated the 31-year-old Djokovic 7-5, 6-4, denying the Serbian superstar a chance to win his fourth tournament title in a row.

Nadal has played just nine events in 2018, winning five of them, including an historic 11th French Open title at Roland Garros for his 17th career grand slam.

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