Nadal confirms his absence from ATP finals - USA

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"But unfortunately, I had an abdominal problem in Paris last week and, in addition, I have a [problem] with my right ankle joint that [required] an operation [today]".

The problem we discovered a very long time, and she would occasionally stop me from playing.

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London because he is still struggling with an abdominal injury.

The 31-year-old, who was knocked off the No. 1 spot by Serbia's Novak Djokovic Monday, will be replaced by American John Isner at the November 11-18 event at London's O2 Arena.

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, 31, was to have still taken over Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings on Monday.

Last week, he had to forfeit the tournament of Paris-Bercy due to injury to the abdominal muscles.

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Nadal has not featured on the ATP World Tour since retiring in the semi-finals of the US Open in September, also suffering this year with hip and knee problems.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is hopeful that he will be fully fit in time for the start of the 2019 season in Brisbane.

In a statement released on Twitter, Nadal confirmed the problem which forced him to miss the final Masters 1000 tournament of the campaign and continued pain in his ankle was the reason behind his absence from the elite eight-player field in London.

Djokovic is set to end the year as number one, having enjoyed a sensational run of results that saw him triumph at Wimbledon and the US Open.

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