It has been a tumultuous week for Rafael Nadal.
Following the surprising revelation that he was suffering from the early onsets of appendicitis, and that he would be competing regardless of the discovery, the Spaniard lost his second round Shanghai opening round match to fellow countryman Feliciano Lopez. The inspired Lopez defeated Nadal 6-3 7-6.
While Nadal’s immediate response following the match was that he would return to Barcelona to reevaluate his situation, it appears he has taken the decision to delay any potential surgical operation until the 2014 season is complete.
“In medical terms his development is satisfactory and he is not currently showing any symptoms,” Nadal’s spokesman said in a statement. “The (antibiotics) treatment will continue for 4-5 days and depending on his recovery the necessary decisions will be taken on further treatment.”
While focused on his recovery, Nadal plans on playing both the Basel Indoor tournament later this month, as well as the Paris Masters in November before capping off his turbulent season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Final.
“I was playing a good year, a very positive year. After that I was unlucky with the wrist, what’s going on now. Obviously the last couple of months have been a little bit hard for me.”
Following Nadal’s abrupt exit from the tournament, Roger Federer has officially usurped the No. 2 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings.