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  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
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Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, has confirmed that the 28-year old Spaniard will not play in the ATP World Tour Finals next month. A report broke yesterday indicating there was a possibility that Nadal could miss the tournament because of his appendicitis, and Toni Nadal confirmed it Thursday.

“Rafael will, for sure, undergo surgery,” said Toni. “We will have to see if he will do it before the Masters 1000 or Paris Bercy, or immediately after the event.”

Nadal plans to play in the Basel tournament next week, but will opt for surgery afterwards which requires a 6-8 week recovery process. That timeframe will set up to be ready for the Australian open and the start of the 2015 campaign.

It will be the second time in three years that Nadal has missed the ATP Finals. The 14-time Grand Slam champion has never won the end of the year tournament.

Nadal’s absence opens up the field for the final eight. Milos Raonic, David Ferrer and Andy Murray are currently battling for the eighth and final spot, and Nadal’s withdrawal opens up one more vacant spot.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are now the only three men who have secure spots in the finals.