Rafael Nadal will undergo stem cell treatment on back

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal seems ready to put this year behind him. His coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, told the DPA news agency that the ATP tour's No. 3 ranked player didn't have the treatment earlier in the year because it can take up to five weeks. It was a nagging injury, but he seemed able to play through it and did not want to miss such a large chunk of the season.

Now that he's missing this week's ATP Finals as he's recovering from an emergency appendectomy, it's time to put this year behind him and start getting as healthy as possible before the next Australian Open.

The Associated Press confirmed with Nadal's doctor that the treatment will start next week. The doctor told the AP, "we are going to put cells in a joint in his spine."

His troubles started during the men's final at the Australian Open in January, which he lost to Stan Wawrinka. Nadal, 28, went on to win at Roland Garros, but that would be the only highlight in his year. He was stunned by teenager Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16 at Wimbledon, then missed the remainder of the summer with a wrist injury.

It was expected that his wrist would heal in time for the U.S. Open, his coach said. Otherwise, the back treatment would have occurred during the summer. He planned to play in the ATP Finals this week, but was again forced to sit out after last week's appendectomy.

Next week's treatment will be similar to stem cell treatment he had on his knee last year, his doctor told the AP. He should be back to training in early December.

Can Roger Federer regain No. 1 in his career

Can Roger Federer regain No. 1 in his career

Roger Federer is considered as one of the greatest players in Tennis sport and leading champion by winning 17-major titles in men’s singles. Federer also ruling men’s singles game from past 14 years on the ATP World Tour. Federer is having fewer chances to regain No. 1 spot in the ATP Ranking Points this year, where he is trying hard to give tough competition to Novak Djokovic by end of the season.

33-year-old Roger Federer said he is not focused to reclaim No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings, as he want to clinch three to five titles on the ATP World Tour and already bagged five titles so far. He added it is not easy to dethrone Novak Djokovic from No. 1 place and he is very happy with his performance especially in second half of the season.

Roger Federer, who has at No. 7 spot in the ATP Rankings last year and moved a place to No. 6 after showing high level performance in Swiss Indoors and Paris Masters in 2013 season. Federer had the best overall year compare to 2013 season and he is still hungry to win one more slam next year.

Swiss star has managed to be 100 percent fit throughout the season, which shows his ability to be fit for every tournament. Federer will definitely a role model for other tennis players, who are struggling with injuries. Rafael Nadal struggling with couple of injuries, while Andy Murray skips last year’s ATP Tour Finals event due to back injury.

Andy Roddick says Roger Federer better than Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer better than Rafael Nadal

World No. 2 Roger Federer is one of the greatest players in Open Era compare to 14-time singles Grand slam champion Rafael Nadal say former World No. 1 Andy Roddick. American tennis star Andy Roddick feels Roger Federer has been playing outstanding tennis at the moment with 100 percent fitness levels and he had taken tennis sport to another level from past 14 years. Roger Federer is still hungry to win more titles on the ATP World Tour.

Andy Roddick has praised Roger Federer for his passion towards Tennis sport and it was not that much easy to play best tennis at the age of 33. Federer is having most of the chances to clinch one more Grand slam championship next year, as he lost the best opportunity earlier during US Open semi finals. Roddick said Federer is aiming to finish the season on strong mode by winning year end ATP World Tour Finals.

Andy Roddick said Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are different platform players and it is not correct to compare both the champions. Meanwhile, Federer is still trailing with 10-23 head-to-head win loss record to Rafael Nadal, but Swiss legend has dominated men’s singles for several years to lead top position in the ATP Rankings.

Federer also leading men’s singles by clinching 17-slams, while Rafael Nadal’s 14-major championships. Andy Roddick is going to join with former tennis players Tim Henman, Fernando Gonzalez, Greg Rusedski, Sergi Bruguera, and Thomas Enqvist. Tennis legends John McEnroe, Pat Cash, and Henre Leconte in the Statoil Masters Tennis, schedule to kick off at Albert Hall from December 3 to 7, 2014.

Li Na, a story of success

Li Na of China holds the trophy after winning her women's singles final match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia at 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 25, 2014. Li Na won 2-0 to claim the title of the event.

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