Djokovic back at No. 1; replaces Nadal, whose season is over

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Djokovic, incidentally, is assured of his fifth number one record even before the ATP Finals begin as a result of Nadal's late withdrawal through injury. I really wanted to play in both Paris and London.

It means Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to end the year top of the world rankings while John Isner, the world number 10, comes into the field for the ATP Finals on Sunday. "However, since the problem in the abdominal muscles also prevents me from playing in London, we are taking the time to remove the foreign body and avoid future problems".

Meanwhile, reaching the final in London would rank alongside Anderson's US Open and Wimbledon final defeats against Nadal and Djokovic respectively as the most auspicious achievements of his career.

"I couldn't be happier to end the season like this, to win against Novak Djokovic, the number one in the world".

Nadal withdrew from the following week's Cincinnati Masters and was then forced to bring a premature end to his US Open semi-final with Juan Martin del Potro due to a knee injury.

The tennis player explained the problem had been detected "a while ago and it occasionally bothered me".

"This way I hope to be in full condition for next season", the Spaniard tweeted.

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That's because the man he overtook, Rafael Nadal, is done for 2018.

So yes, the Swiss legend, Roger Federer and the invincible man from Serbia, Novak Djokovic hold the crest at the tournament.

The 22-year-old Khachanov defeated the 31-year-old Djokovic 7-5, 6-4, denying the Serbian superstar a chance to win his fourth tournament title in a row.

Kevin Anderson has had another great season after a showing in his maiden Grand Slam final in NY past year, with a remarkable run to the Wimbledon final and winning his first ATP 500 title in Vienna just a couple of weeks ago.

He was his usual dominant self on clay, collecting an 11th French Open title and three more titles along the way.

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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