Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have canceled their controversial pre-Christmas practice match in Saudi Arabia after the ankle injury that prevented the Spaniard from outperforming the Nitto ATP final in London.
The renewed world no. 1 finally confirmed it with a hasty reply that spoke about the shame it caused both players after the state murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Asked about the status of the match after Nadal's minor ankle injury, Djokovic simply said: & # 39; It does not happen. When asked whether it was due to Nadal's illness, he answered: & # 39; Yes & # 39 ;.
Novak Djokovic confirms his practice match in Saudi Arabia has been eliminated due to Rafael Nadal's injury
The question lingered like a stench because last month they announced the lucrative one-time contest, which would have paid them at least $ 1 million (£ 770,000) each.
It clears up an uncomfortable issue for Djokovic at the beginning of a week, during which he will try to confirm his rediscovered domination and prevent Roger Federer from closing the season with what would become a 100th ATP Tour title.
It is expected that there will be only two editions of this final season in London after this before it moves elsewhere, and Federer and Djokovic disagree on the future of the event.
The Spaniard retired from the Paris Masters with an ankle injury and was unable to recover
Nadal qualified for the ATP Finals in 14 consecutive years but withdrew or retired in seven
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The Swiss mainly support it in the British capital, where huge groups of more than 250,000 are attracted, while Djokovic prefers to move it around the world.
I think if they stay, it is definitely a good choice, Federer said. & # 39; I do not know what the options are. I think the options are clearly important to look at. I know this is the biggest annual event they have here on the O2.
& # 39; And if the O2 is happy and the crowds continue to come massively to this location and the Tour has a good deal, of course why not stay here?
I do not see any reason to change unless there is someone else, a city that really wants it badly and is willing to come in and really support the Tour for many years in an important way. It has been a winning formula here. & # 39;
The Serb, who appears on Saturday's Jonathan Ross Show, believes that it should be more nomadic.
I do not want it to come from London, I just feel that the concept of this event is that it is the one traveling, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Because this event is the biggest event that ATP owns.
& # 39; You have the best eight players in the world in the unique format of a round robin system. So at least you see a certain player play three times. I just feel that this is a great influence and ability to promote tennis around the world.
Roger Federer wants the ATP final to be over at the end of 2014 in London
& # 39; It is not because of London, not because of something that has to do with this event. It is a great success here in the O2 Arena.
I personally had a phenomenal success and I should be the last one to talk about moving it everywhere. I enjoy it here. But at the same time I feel that a general idea of this event is that it travels more. & # 39;
With Jamie Murray, the only British player to qualify, in doubles, Federer believes that it is still possible that his brother Andy might come back while it is still in his own backyard.
"I feel like he's played a top 30 level very quickly," said Federer about what he saw from Murray this summer. & # 39; That level was pretty quick and reasonably easy, I would say. And he was not 100 percent. So that gives me a good feeling about his chances when he comes back.
The problem is that he has become world number 1, he has won double Olympic gold, he has done it all. So it is not enough to play the last 16 or quarters. I think he probably wants to feel that he can play top 10 level, and then top five.
I'm confident that if he feels 100 percent, it will not be a problem for him to play at the top. I just can not tell you how he feels. & # 39;
Federer is confident that Andy Murray will be back in time in the top ten for next year's Final