Djokovic to end year at No.1 with Rafa out

I have abdominal pain every time I serve says Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn his entry for the ATP Finals just hours before the draw having decided today that he is again not fit to play at the season-ending championships.

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.

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

This way I hope to be in full condition for next season".

The 31-year-old from Serbia was No.22 as late as June after beginning the year with a 6-6 record while recovering from surgery on his right elbow.

Writing on his Facebook page in Spanish, the Mallorcan said 2018 had been "a complicated year", which had been "very good" when he has been able to play "and in turn very bad" when it came to injuries.

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Djokovic has since gone 43-5, including Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open to join Sampras with 14 majors - tied third behind Federer (20) and Nadal (17).

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

"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks", ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kerned said.

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.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shouts during the final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

Rafa Nadal will not take part in the ATP Finals and waves goodbye to the rest of the season.

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