Rafa Nadal undergoing ankle operation, out for the season

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

And Nadal was not able to recover to play the season-ending ATP Finals, opting to undergo surgery on a long-standing ankle problem in order to rehabilitate before 2019.

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.

There, the young Greek saved a match point against Kevin Anderson to become the youngest player with four straight Top 10 wins at Masters 1000 events, setting the final against world number 1 Rafael Nadal where he fought well in the second set before losing 6-2 7-6, missing a chance to add the fifth Top 10 win that week.

He added that he chose to have the ankle operation so he can start 2019 healthy.

Following Monday's draw ceremony, Group A is home to Djokovic, Zverev, Cilic, and Isner.

Alexander Zverev may have still not shown his best tennis at the Grand Slams this season, but after a breakout season in 2017, he has still shown great consistency, winning another Masters title in Madrid and will most likely finish the year inside the top 5, which is a remarkable result, especially after great comebacks from Juan Martin Del Porto and Novak Djokovic.

This way I hope to be in top conditions for next season.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the previous year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic.

Nadal's place in the eight-man tournament in London goes to John Isner. I've been very close to making it for a number of years, but it just hasn't quite happened.

"Karen played really well and he deserved to win that match", said Djokovic, who defeated Switzerland's Roger Federer in a grueling match the day before to reach the finals. "Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court".

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

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.

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