Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, who has dropped out of a hurt accident a year ago after the first match at the O2 arena in London, will be totally lacking in the 2018 ATP final. The 32-year-old Spaniard announced his withdrawal from the tournament or the end of the season a few hours before the draw for the seasonal showdown through social networks.
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"I write these words now at the end of the season," Nadal said in his statement. "Unfortunately, I had a stomach problem in Paris last week and I also have a free ankle in the ankle that has to be removed today in the operating room."
He did everything to play the season in good condition for both Paris and London. Ankle injuries were not acute, but now they are removed due to abdominal muscle damage. "We use the time to avoid future problems."
Revenge is not possible for the moment
London will not see the meeting with Austria's top star Dominic Thiem. Against the 25-year-old Nadal, Nadal played the penultimate match this season. The final quarter of the US Open won the Spaniard after 4:49 hours in five sets before having to give up the semifinals against the Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro. Since then, Nadal has stopped playing, and now both semi-finalists are missing in the ATP showdown.
The series of Nadals on the hard terrain already takes some curious dimensions from: for a total of twelve Hartplatzevents Nadal has called. In Toronto, he won the title of the Australian Open and the US Open, gave up, and in the other nine events he said.
Thiem set number six
Thus, Dominic Thiem is set on Monday (20.00) in a tie as number six. And even before the start of the London Masters, it is certain that Serbia's Novak Djokovic will remain at No. 1 at the end of the year. The next replacement is now American John Isner, now Race-Zehnter, called. Isner is 33 years old, just like Kevin Anderson (RSA / 32) starring in London.
Already on Saturday, del Potro formally confirmed cancellation in the room after a patellar fracture and thus urged Japanese Kei Nishikori to enter the London field. Also curious: Karen Khachanov, who has improved eleven places in the race in the eleventh place with the title of Paris Bercy, is now the first substitute.