His absence at the end of year tournament is a disappointment but it should not take away from what the Spanish superstar has accomplished in 2018.
"It has been a complicated year, very good at the level when I have been able to play and in turn very bad in what injuries refer", he wrote on the social media network.
We have to go back to Paris 1993 to begin this story, with Goran Ivanisevic beating Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg and Andrei Medvedev to grab the second and the last Masters 1000 crown on a fast indoor carpet court.
"Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", Djokovic said. "And, of course, I'm very, very happy and proud about it". He had surgery on his right ankle Monday. He hadn't been ranked that low since he was 22nd in 2006 as a teenager.
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.
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I think [he] was the impact in the team. "Remember Wayne Rooney played on the wing, a young Cristiano Ronaldo played on the wing". The Chilean forward would go on to play 56 minutes in his new position before being moved to the wing.
"What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks", ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kerned said.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia shouts during the final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits to Dominic Thiem of Austria in a quarter-final match on day nine of the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY, on Sept 4, 2018.
The world No 2 cited an abdominal injury as the reason and then decided after consulting with his doctor in Barcelona that he would immediately undergo keyhole surgery on a separate issue in his right ankle.
"Unfortunately I had the abdominal problem in Paris last week and I also have an issue in the ankle joint that has to be removed in the operating room today", the 17-times Grand Slam victor wrote on Twitter.
He was dumped out of the French Open as the 20th seed at the quarterfinal stage before embarking on a fine run.