Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, who gave up injury last year after the first match at the London O2 arena, will miss the 2018 ATP final altogether. The 32-year-old Spaniard announced his withdrawal from the tournament or the end of the season a few hours before the draw for seasonal matches through social networking.
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"I wrote these words to you now at the end of the season", Nadal opened his statement. "Unfortunately, I had an abdominal muscle problem in Paris last week, and I also have a free ankle at the ankle, which needs to be removed in the operating room today."
He has done everything to play this season in good condition, both for Paris and for London. Ankle injuries are not acute, but are now being lifted due to an abdominal muscle injury. "We use that moment to avoid future problems."
Revenge is not possible at this time
London will not see a reunion with Austrian top star Dominic Thiem. Opposing Austrian Nadal Under 25 years playing the penultimate match of the season. The lively US Open quarterfinal won Spain after 4:49 hours in five sets before he had to give up in the semi-final against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro. Since then, Nadal hasn't played anymore, now the two semifinals have lost the ATP battle.
The Nadals rejection series on the hard court now takes on the curious dimension of: with a total of twelve Hartplatzevents called Nadal. In Toronto, he won titles at the Australian Open and US Open, he surrendered, and in the nine remaining events, he said.
Thiem is set as number six
As such, Dominic Thiem is set for Monday (8:00 p.m.) in the draw as number six. And even before the start of the Masters in London, it is certain that Serbian Novak Djokovic will remain number one by the end of the year. The next replacement now is John Isner America, currently Race-Zehnter, meeting. Isner is 33 years old like Kevin Anderson (RSA / 32 years) debutant in London.
Already on Saturday, del Potro had officially confirmed the cancellation in the room after the patellar fault and thus lifted Japanese Kei Nishikori to the London field. Curious too: Karen Khachanov, who has elevated eleven places in the race to eleventh place with a sensational Paris Bercy title, is now the first substitute.