Rafael Nadal is preparing for a return to Paris Masters with year-end ranking number 1 in sight

Rafael Nadal has been out of action on the ATP tour since he suffered a shocking defeat in the last 16 of the 2022 US Open last month. Amid injury concerns and personal issues, Nadal had admitted he remains unsure about his return to the tour, even though he missed that one match Roger Federer in his farewell match. But the Spaniard is all set to make a comeback in the upcoming Paris Masters tournament later this month, with Nadal facing the No. 1 ranking at the end of the year.

After writing an unforgettable first half of 2022, in which he won two Grand Slams – in Australia and at Roland Garros, new injuries drove Nadal into the second half. A laceration to his abdomen had cut his claim for a third Wimbledon title as he withdrew from his semi-final, and the injury also plagued him again from the US Open.

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After nearly a month of hiatus, Nadal is all set to return to the tour at the Paris Masters, where he last played in 2020. It also remains the only second Masters 1000 title Nadal has yet to win, following the Miami Open. His best show at this Paris event was in 2007 when he reached the final before losing to David Nalbandian in straight sets. However, he had reached the semi-finals in both of his last two appearances – in 2019 and 2020.

The tournament kicks off on October 30 and will feature players such as current world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic.

Rafa has year-end ranking No. 1 in sight

Alcaraz’s early exit from the Astana Open has given Nadal another chance to reclaim the world’s No. 1 ranking as he is now just 930 points behind the youngster.

ATP now has two main events before the end of the 2022 calendar year – the Paris Masters and the Finals. While Nadal has never won any of these titles, a deeper run than Alcaraz, or a first title attempt, could give Nadal a chance to finish the year on a high.

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