Today, Rafael Nadal announces his withdrawal from the ATP Finals in London. He will be replaced by American John Isner.
Rafael Nadal stated that he needs ankle surgery. This is a new, surprising injury development that no one expected. Nadal has struggled with injuries since the US Open. First, it was the knee then, he withdrew from the Rolex Paris Masters one week ago with an abdominal injury casting doubt on his participation in London.
“The doctor says if I continue then the abdominal maybe it can break and can be a major thing.” -Rafael Nadal
Big-serving American, John Isner, will replace Nadal at the ATP Finals. At 33 years old, Isner had a resurgent season in 2018. Earlier in the year, he reached a career high ranking of world number 8. Currently, Isner is world number 10 and for the first time in his career, he will end the year in the ATP Top 10.
2018 will be John Isner’s first ever appearance at the season finale in London. This year, the towering American has won both of his titles on hard courts in Atlanta and the Miami Masters. Miami made for his first career Masters 1000 victory.
Armed with one of the biggest serves on tour and a huge forehand, the 6,10 American will be tough to overcome in London. Despite being a debutant in London, Isner is a tour veteran and will look to use his wealth of experience in a deep ATP Finals run.
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John Isner will be the second replacement player after Kei Nishikori replaced the injured Argentine, Juan Martin Del Potro, a few days ago. Here’s a look at the Del Potro withdrawal from London and how Nishikori stacks up against the rest of the field. Check back for updates on all of the men’s singles action at the 2018 ATP Finals.