Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals, Djokovic to end year atop rankings

Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals, Djokovic to end year atop rankings

The Serb is back on the top of the pile for the first time in two years, at the end of a roller-coaster season for the 14-time major victor.

What Anderson can not ascribe to, however, is progressing further than fourth in the world, with the points tally of current number one Novak Djokovic, withdrawn, but still current number two Rafael Nadal and number three Roger Federer beyond the South African's reach - come what might.

Rafael Nadal has generated many remarkable statistics in his storied career. Nadal withdrew from the ATP Finals on Monday, citing an abdominal injury, and announced he was having arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle.

It is a common occurrence at this time of year for Nadal to be suffering physically.

"It means the world to me", said world number 18 Khachanov. "Five months ago, if you told me that, I would be - I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable at that time considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

He was scheduled to have a procedure to remove a floating body from his ankle on Monday in a bid to be fit for the start of the new season. He hadn't been ranked that low since he was 22nd in 2006 as a teenager.

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The last man to go from outside the top 20 to No. 1 within a single season was Marat Safin, who was No. 38 and No. 1 in 2000, before ending that year at No. 2. "I couldn't be happier to end the season like this, to win against Novak Djokovic, the number one in the world".

Since his season will be finishing early for that reason, he is making the most of the extra time off to go for surgery on an ongoing ankle issue.

The left-hander excels on the dirt and has won a staggering 11 French Open titles.

The other round robin group, from which two players progress to the semi-finals, consists of Djokovic, Germany's Alexander Zverev, Croatia's Marin Cilic and America's John Isner, who replaces Nadal, the second qualifier to withdraw from the tournament through injury following that of Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

The 32-year-old Spaniard ends 2018 with a 45-4 record and five titles, including his 17th Grand Slam trophy at the French Open in June.

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