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Kei Nishikori qualifies for Nitto ATP Finals after injured Juan Martin del Potro withdraws

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 3 Nov 2018
  • Del Potro has withdrawn from the ATP Finals with a knee injury
  • Nishikori joins the elite eight-player field in London
Kei Nishikori (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Kei Nishikori will compete at the Nitto ATP Finals in London for the fourth time after Juan Martin del Potro was forced to withdraw with a knee injury.

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After suffering a fractured kneecap during the Shanghai Rolex Masters last month, del Potro was always going to be in major doubt to take his place at the season-ending championships, with the Argentine officially confirming his withdrawal on Saturday.

“It’s frustrating for me not to be able to compete in London,” said Del Potro. “It’s a very special tournament and I’ve tried everything possible to get my knee better. The rehabilitation is making good progress, but I need more time. Of course, it’s disappointing for me right now, but I had a very good season overall.”

It’s a bitter blow for del Potro after he put together the most consistent season of his career in 2018, winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells and finishing runner-up at the U.S. Open, along with also taking home the 500-level Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco and making the French Open semi-finals to hit a career-high ranking of No. 3.

Del Potro will continue his rehabilitation and will hope to be fully fit for the beginning of the 2019 season.



Meanwhile, del Potro’s loss is Nishikori’s gain, with the Japanese superstar set to make his fourth appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals after three straight qualifications from 2014-16.

Nishikori began the season on the Challenger circuit after a wrist injury forced him to shut down his 2017 campaign in August. The 28-year-old won the Dallas Challenger in February to ease his way back into competition before swiftly re-establishing himself back on the upper echelons of the ATP World Tour, finishing runner-up at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Japan Open and Erste Bank Open, while he also made his third Grand Slam semi-final at the U.S. Open.

Having advanced to at least the quarter-finals in his last six tournaments, Nishikori will finish the year inside the top 10 for the fourth time after dropping to as low as No. 39 in April.

A two-time semi-finalist at the Nitto ATP Finals (2014, 2016), Nishikori joins Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem at the prestigious season-ending championships.

The 2018 Nitto ATP Finals is live from London between November 11-18.

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Kei Nishikori qualifies for Nitto ATP Finals after injured Juan Martin del Potro withdraws

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