Basel: Rafael Nadal is to miss the ATP World Tour Finals in London to undergo appendix surgery.
Rafael Nadal acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the court after losing his quarter-final tie to Borna Coric in Basel on Friday. Pic/AFP
The World No 3 announced he was suffering from the condition earlier this month but had been managing it with antibiotics. But, after losing 2-6, 6-7 (4-7) to 17-year-old Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors on Friday, Nadal announced he was bringing his season to a close.
Nadal said: "It's the day to say goodbye for the season. I'm not going to play Paris and London. I am not competitive enough to do that." Nadal will go under the knife on November 3. Speculation had grown that Nadal would skip London earlier on Friday when it was announced he had pulled out of next week's Paribas Masters in Paris.
"Personal reasons" was the rather strange justification given but it was clear during Nadal's match against rising star Coric that the Spaniard was unable to find anything like his best form.
Nadal's team had said he would not make a decision on the rest of his season until after Basle, but the 28-year-old revealed he decided to miss the two tournaments a week ago.
He also said he would ideally have had surgery last week but was told by doctors to wait because the antibiotics he was taking raised the risk of post-operative infection. Before undergoing surgery, Nadal will receive treatment for a back issue that has bothered him since the Australian Open in January.
'I'll be back in 2015'
"I need to try to fix all the things that bother me. I'm going to work for one month in December and I will be back at the start of 2015." It has been a season of highs and lows for Nadal, who won a ninth French Open title in June but was then forced to miss the US Open because of a wrist problem.
No sooner had he returned from that than the appendicitis struck, and Nadal said: "Every day I felt a little bit more tired. "I tried to practise to try to get fit but it was not possible. It's difficult to play and compete when you're not able to practise weeks in a row.
"I'm not a player who competes to try to be in quarter-finals. I try to compete with chances to win tournaments and today is not the day that I can work for that." Meanwhile, Roger Federer beats Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (10/8), 3-6, 6-3 to enter final.
David Goffin ended the dream run of teenager Borna Coric, the conqueror of Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final. Coric was brought down to earth fewer than 24 hours after he won the match of his career, defeating Nadal in the quarter-finals.