ATP FINALS - Gael Monfils withdraws due to a rib injury

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ATP FINALS - Gael Monfils withdraws due to a rib injury

Gael Monfils had said already in press conference after the three sets loss to Dominic Thiem that he could have withdrew from the last Round Robin match against Novak Djokovic. Now through his official Facebook page the French player confirmed he won't face the World No.

2 because he hasn't fully recovered from the rib injury that forced him to withdraw from Paris Masters and that influenced him this week against Raonic and Thiem. 'I am extremely disapointed about the situation however I will not forget the success we have had this year with my team', said Monfils, who reached his career-high at the Sixth place and won the title in Washington.

'We implemented a lot of changes which helped me to have my best season so far and to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London for the first time. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my fans for their amazing support.

See you soon.' Asked in press conference who he tips to win, Monfils said: 'I guess it's a tough question because is very open. We saw Andy's great game and Kei. Novak is playing good, too. Yesterday was a great game against Milos.' Monfils will be replaced by the first alternate David Goffin, who will play against Novak Djokovic on Thursday afternoon.

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