Season over for Rafael Nadal

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2018

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.

With Nadal out of competitive tennis for the rest of the year, Novak Djokovic is assured of ending the season on top of the world rankings.

Twelve months ago the 17-time major victor had made it to London to compete in the end-of-season finals, but played only one match against David Goffin before quitting the tournament due to a knee problem.

But he has seemingly rediscovered his start of the season form, with a very good showing in Paris with impressive wins over Kohlschreiber and Dimitrov, and pushing Djokovic to the brink. Only Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon beat Nadal in a match that went the distance.

"Five months ago, if you told me was highly improbable at that time, considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

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

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Kyle Busch was 17th and Bowyer 26th after starting on the front row but making contact with Denny Hamlin on the first lap. A victory next weekend at Phoenix by someone lower than either of them in points could upend the standings.

Furthermore, Djokovic enjoys a lifetime 25-22 record over Federer and 27-25 against Nadal. In January, he suffered a hip injury that forced his to pull out of the fifth set against Marin Cilic in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Its once again the time of the year where the creamiest of the cream tennis players defend against each other. 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.

Djokovic's dominant run ended on Sunday when he was beaten 7-5, 6-4 by Russian Kharen Khachanov in the Paris Masters final.

Khachanov will rise to world number 11 on Monday and becomes the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title. But I also do realize I'm pretty fortunate this year in getting in.

Despite his successes, Nadal's season was marred by health woes.

It looks like the best possible draw for Federer, who has added another remarkable year, winning yet another Grand Slam in Australia.

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