Rafael Nadal has called an end to a stellar year that has seen him add two Grand Slams to his tally as well as reclaim the top spot of the world rankings. These feats are even more astonishing when you think of what Nadal was going through this time last year, where many people thought he was done. We have learnt this lesson time and time again: write the Spaniard off at your own peril.

The announcement was made after his opening match at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he was defeated in a tight three set battle with David Goffin. The Spaniard was clearly struggling in that encounter which, at times, was painful to watch.

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