And Nadal was not able to recover to play the season-ending ATP Finals, opting to undergo surgery on a long-standing ankle problem in order to rehabilitate before 2019. The world No. 2 has not played since retiring from his U.S. Open semifinal showdown against Juan Martin Del Potro because of a knee issue.
Last week, he had to forfeit the tournament of Paris-Bercy due to injury to the abdominal muscles.
American John Isner will take the 32-year-old's place in London when the Finals get underway on Sunday.
"It's a pretty nice accomplishment for me, no doubt", Isner said in an interview with the local newspaper from his hometown in Greensboro, N.C. "I have the same goals as I have for this year, to finish as high as possible", he added. I've been very close to making it for a number of years, but it just hasn't quite happened.
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He should be feeling pretty good about his game right now and would be looking forward to reversing the results of his last year's showing in London where he was unable to win a match.
"I'm satisfied of course and I'm going to be No. 1 tomorrow officially". His game has also looked a little vulnerable, especially in Shanghai where he had a tough outing in nearly every match he played. "If I do the right things, I can certainly do some damage".
His decision means he will lose the end-of-season world No 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic.
Just a few months later, Karen Khachanov has joined this exclusive list after an incredible performance in Paris, saving two match points against John Isner in the third round and dropping just three games against injured Alexander Zverev to reach the semis. He is drawn alongside Federer, Austria's Dominic Thiem and Japan's Kei Nishikori in the round robin segment and there will be no easy matches, that is for sure, with the South African having lost to Thiem and Nishikori recently - and the iconic Federer always a tricky adversary, to say the least.