Rafael Nadal has been diagnosed with appendicitis but has decided to play the Shanghai Masters this week after receiving antibiotics at the hospital to treat the inflammation. The second-ranked Nadal began feeling pain in his abdomen late Saturday, and the next day went to the hospital where the doctors confirmed he had the early stages of appendicitis. … The 14-time major winner said, “I am not going to go for surgery. That’s great news for me today. That’s why I’m here practicing for 45 minutes, and trying to play tomorrow.”
- The Week in Preview: Shanghai, Linz, Osaka, Tianjin (via tennis.com)
With three of the Big 4, as well as Nishikori and Dimitrov, safely in the other half, it would seem that Rafael Nadal has been given a reprieve from the draw gods. But apparently he has run afoul of the stomach gods—according to on-site reports, Nadal had to skip his practice session on Monday because he has a virus.
- By The Numbers: Novak, Roger, Rafa Together Again (via ATP World Tour)
The three have combined to win 68 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles: Nadal leads with 27, Federer is second with 22 and Djokovic third with 19. They also account for the top three spots in the all-time Masters 1000 match-wins leaders list, with Federer leading the way…
The pair will still be facing off figuratively at the Shanghai Masters, with the winner taking the No 2 world ranking. … If Nadal loses in the second round or third, Federer only needs to reach the final to become world No 2. If the Spaniard reaches the final and loses to Federer, he will still keep his position.
- What’s at Stake for Men’s Tennis Superstars at Shanghai Rolex Masters? (via bleacherreport.com)
There are younger budding stars and at least a handful of top players who will be favored to defeat him in the next month. The least Nadal can hope for is to be healthy and get in the work he needs to set his sights on Australia and overcome the misfortunes that have plagued him there.
Roger Federer (421.411) y Rafael Nadal (375.482), segundo y tercer tenista del ranking ATP, son el cuarto y quinto atleta con mayor número de referencias en los medios de comunicación en línea globales…
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