- Nadal To Delay Surgery, Determined To Play Remainder Of 2014 (via ATP World Tour)
Rafael Nadal plans to play out the rest of the 2014 season, sharing on Wednesday in Shanghai that he plans to have surgery to remove his appendix following the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. … “I am a little bit more dizzy and feel with not much power than pain. Pain, I think, is under control. That’s important. I think I was lucky for that. Unlucky for another things, but for this thing I was lucky.”
Nadal left open the possibility that he could change his mind and have the surgery sooner. “My feeling today, and my answer today honestly is I going to do it after the World Tour Finals,” he said. “You never know. Depends how the things improve. I want to do it at the end of the year, not now.”
- Bad to Worse to Worst (via tennis.com)
There are two theories about the human appendix: One holds that the thin, four-inch tube below the intestines acts as a repository for “good bacteria,” the other that the appendage is a useless remnant from our evolutionary past. My own theory is that the purpose of Rafael Nadal’s appendix is to ensure that 2014 will go down as one of the most frustrating years of his career.
- Federer: “could Be My Greatest Escape Thus Far” (via ATP World Tour)
Roger Federer will return to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday as a result of his Shanghai second-round win. … “It’s good news,” said Federer. “Better moving up than down. Nothing more than that. Clearly I want to move up, play well. Others not playing so well. Clearly Rafa hasn’t played for some time; take advantage of that. Plus I didn’t win a Slam this year, so it shows even more so how consistent I’ve actually played and how much I played this year, so I guess I deserve it from that standpoint.”
- Nadal: derrota, apendicitis y pierde el número dos (via EL Pais)
Feliciano López eliminó 6-3 y 7-6 a Rafael Nadal en la segunda ronda del Masters 1.000 de Shanghái. La derrota del mallorquín, que se trató durante los días previos de fuertes dolores en el apéndice, sumada a la victoria de Roger Federer a Leonardo Mayer, le han arrebatado el número dos del ránking, que pasa a manos del suizo.
- Nadal Demorará La Operación Para Terminar El 2014 (via ATP World Tour)
“Mi idea es seguir con Basilea, París y Londres”, dijo el No. 2 del mundo. “Es cierto que en los últimos meses no he tenido la mejor de las suertes. No tuve la mejor de las suertes desde Wimbledon. Estaba jugando un buen año, un año muy positivo. Tras eso no tuve suerte con mi muñeca y lo de ahora. Ahora quedan tres torneos para mí”.
Tennis star Rafael Nadal made the Fab 40 for the first time this year with a brand value of $10 million. Nadal’s two Grand Slams (French Open, U.S. Open) last year and top year-end ranking kicked in bonuses from sponsors in addition to the $14.5 million in prize money he earned for the 12 months ending in June.
- Interview with Rafael Nadal – Shanghai, October 7, 2014 (via ASAP Sports)
- Appendicitis-suffering Rafael Nadal loses to Feliciano Lopez in Shanghai
- Shanghai Rolex Masters: Practice Makes Perfect! (via TennisTV)