Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer learn ATP World Tour Finals draw fate

Novak Djokovic blasted by pundit for on-court behaviour

"I have done everything possible to reach the end of the season in good condition, both in Paris and London, and I really wanted to play", Nadal said.

Nadal did win the Rogers Cup in Toronto this season, but he has otherwise endured nothing but misery in this year's biggest hard-court events.

The 14-time grand slam champion, guaranteed to end the year as world number one, will compete with Zverev, Cilic and debutant Josh Isner - Nadal's replacement - for a place in the semi-finals.

"Since the problem in my abdominal muscle also prevents me from playing in London, we have chose to take advantage of the moment. and avoid future problems".

Nadal withdrew from last month's Paris Masters with an abdominal muscle injury, meaning Novak Djokovic replaced him as world number one.

"It is true that we had detected for some time and occasionally bothered me".

"In this way I hope to be in full condition for the next season".

But once again, the limelight and the sport's biggest prizes were taken by the holy triad - The Big 3 of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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however, is progressing further than fourth in the world, with the points tally of current number one Novak Djokovic, withdrawn, but still current number two Rafael Nadal and number three Roger Federer beyond the South African's reach - come what might. "Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

So, if the shoulder injury that hindered him in the Paris Quarter-Final against Khachanov has been dealt with properly, he will be a force to reckon with in London.

At Wimbledon in 2007, he retired with a back injury in the third set of his semi-final against Nadal.

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

The issue was serious enough to also rule Nadal out of the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami, but he went on to enjoy familiar success on clay, including yet another French Open title.

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