Yesterday it was a rumor, today is official: Rafael Nadal will not compete in the ATP World Tour Finals scheduled to be played in London this November. The World No.3 has decided to undertake surgery to cure the appendicitis problem that caused him to compete below the par in Shanghai, the tournament that saw his rival Roger Federer winning and overtaking the Spaniard as World No.2.
Today, Nadal's coach and uncle, Toni, confirmed the rumor revealing that: "Rafael will for sure undertake surgery. We will have to see if he will do it before the Masters 1000 of Paris Bercy, or immediately after that event". The English fans of Rafael, will be disappointed to know that is now official they will not be allowed to see the 9-time French Open champion and 2-time Wimbledon champion in action at the O2 Arena.
It is not the first time that Nadal has to withdraw form the year-ending championships due to an injury. It is the fourth time. Rafael qualified for the finals in 2005, 2008 and 2012, but couldn't play. His best showing at the year-end championships remain the two Runner-up appearances in 2010 and 2013.
The Spaniard has also confirmed that he will play in Basel, despite his physical problems. Rafael will be seeded at No.2, with Roger Federer being the top seed. Maybe there will be a final Federer vs Nadal showdown in this 2014 season, before the unlucky Spaniard will fly back home in Spain to undertake yet another surgery, to then comeback in 2015 in Doha.