Rafael Nadal is counting on antibiotics to control his appendicitis so he can get through the Shanghai Masters this week.
The second-ranked Nadal began feeling pain in his abdomen late Saturday, and the next day went to the hospital where he learned he had the early stages of appendicitis.
Nadal said on Tuesday he chose to try treatment with antibiotics rather than undergo surgery right away. He felt well enough to begin hitting again, he said.
The 14-time major winner said the risk of his condition getting worse after three days of steady improvement "is always very, very low."
"I am not going to go for surgery. That's great news for me today....