Rafael Nadal cuts season short with health concerns

Khachanov dominates in Paris

Khachanov dominates in Paris

Djokovic will be the ATP's year-ending No. 1 for the fifth time, pulling even with Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors for the second most since the computer rankings began in 1973.

Novak Djokovic returned to No. 1 on Monday after a two-year absence and is assured of becoming the first man in the history of the ATP rankings to finish a season at the top spot after being outside the top 20 during that season.

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.

As most people expected, Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Nitto ATP Finals on Monday, citing multiple injuries.

We will not see Rafael Nadal on a tennis court by the end of the season. Only Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon beat Nadal in a match that went the distance.

Nadal also announced that he is undergoing a minor ankle procedure, although he made sure to point out that it would not have prevented him from playing at the O2 Arena and is doing it now only because he has time off as a result of the other injuries.

Nadal hasn't competed since he retired from his U.S. Open semifinal because of a painful right knee.

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.

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

Nadal lost only four matches this year out of 49.

Back-to-back Australian Opens followed in 2012 and 2013, although three heart-breaking final defeats kept the French Open frustratingly out of reach until 2016, when his breakthrough win at Roland Garros allowed him to complete his career Slam.

Djokovic has also not been afraid to take chances and innovate his game, bringing in Boris Becker as part of his coaching team for the start of the 2014 season, although he has since reunited with long-time mentor Marian Vajda.

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