Rafael Nadal To Return In Paris-Bercy To Defend His No. 1 ATP Ranking

◼️ Absent since his retirement due to injury in the semifinals of the US Open, Rafa will defend the world throne against Djokovic and also avoids Federer until a hypothetical final.

Rafa Nadal will reappear next week in the Masters 1000 indoor on hard track of Paris-Bercy. The organization reported that the Balearic tennis player traveled to France before the celebration of the draw.

Absent for his injury to the right knee since the US Open, where he retired in the semifinals against Juan Martin Del Potro, Nadal will defend the No. 1 against Novak Djokovic, who’s only 35 real points away from the Spanish player’s throne.

Any of the two tennis players that passes one round more than the other will be crowned No. 1 on November 5th. Rafa would maintain the world title if they match results. The 16th seeds of series are exempt from the 1ª round in the Parisian match. Be that as it may, the battle for No. 1 of 2018 will be resolved at the London Masters, from November 11th to 18th.

Nadal will debut in Paris-Bercy against the winner of the match between Fernando Verdasco and Jeremy Chardy. To advance, Jack Sock, defender of the title, would be his hypothetical opponent in the second round, although Shapovalov and Gasquet also aspire to play that game. Thiem, Coric (quarters), Zverev and Isner (semifinals) are shaping up like other adversaries of the future.

The Spaniard avoided Federer until a hypothetical final because the Swiss fell on the bracket of Djokovic, who will open the tournament against Cecchinato or a player from the previous one. Tsitsipas (eighth), Cilic (fourth), Federer, Anderson or Nishikori (semifinals) would be other potential rivals.

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