ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal tweets after ankle surgery

I have abdominal pain every time I serve says Rafael Nadal

I have abdominal pain every time I serve says Rafael Nadal

American John Isner takes Nadal's place at the eight-player event in London.

"Unfortunately, I had abdominal problem in Paris last week and also required an operation on an ankle injury".

He lost his No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic on Monday.

"As such, I hope to be in good condition for next season".

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

Nadal - who has not featured on the ATP Tour since retiring ahead of his semi-final with Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open in September - posted an update to Twitter on Wednesday morning (AEDT), confirming he had returned following procedure.

An abdominal problem forced Nadal to abort his planned comeback from a knee injury at the Paris Masters as he ceded the world number one ranking to Novak Djokovic and he has not recovered in time for London.




Boris Becker believes the draw for the ATP Finals gives Roger Federer a big advantage over Novak Djokovic in next week's tournament in London.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the previous year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic. "I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this".

Having missed the second half of the 2017 season because of his troublesome elbow, Djokovic returned at the start of this year but the injury flared up again at the Australian Open and he made a decision to have surgery on it.

While Federer will need to try and stop the big-serving South African Anderson, who beat him at Wimbledon, his other opponents are Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

The left-hander excels on the dirt and has won a staggering 11 French Open titles.

Cape Town - It's a case intriguingly of what he can achieve, what he can't achieve and what he will achieve when top South African tennis player Kevin Anderson competes in his first ATP Finals next week.

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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