Rafael Nadal is about to come back on the court in Cincinnati. The last appearance of the Spanish champion was before the semifinal at Wimbledon, in a press conference: the one called in which he announced his retirement from the penultimate act against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal problem, which has accompanied the Spaniard so much this year.
After the interrupted journey at the All England Club, he expected a return of the winner of twenty-two Grand Slam titles to the first important stop of the season on North American hard courts, namely Montreal; however, the flat rate has arrived a few days before the start, for a return in better conditions.
Rafael Nadal’s comeback will therefore take place in Cincinnati. A return that would take place not only on the tennis courts, but also hides a return to the top of the ATP ranking. In fact, in the US tournament, the winner of two of the three Grand Slam titles this year has the opportunity to return to being number one in the world: a position that he has not occupied for more than two years, that is, from the distant 20 January 2020.
. In Cincinnati, Rafael Nadal is back in the running to reach the top of the ranking again: it will depend on his results and those of Daniil Medvedev.
Rafael Nadal can return to world no.1
The current world number one lost in the second round to Nick Kyrgios in Montreal – the same tournament the Russian won last year, although it all took place in a different city.
With the subtraction of the points of the 2021 victory, Medvedev drops and reaches 6525, compared to the 5620 stable points of Rafa, who last year did not play any tournament in the second half of the season. In the US city, Daniil Medvedev, unlike his opponent in the final of the Australian Open of this 2022, will have to defend some important points: specifically, the 360 obtained by reaching the semifinal, then lost at the hands of compatriot Andrey Rublev.
Starting from this assumption, Rafa Nadal will be able to regain the top of the ranking if a difficult combination is achieved: if he wins the 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, earning the relative 1000 points, and if the Russian does not reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.
In a battle of last week’s champs, Washington winner Nick Kyrgios beats Los Cabos winner #1 Daniil Medvedev 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2.
Losing 1000 pts from last year’s Canada title, Medvedev’s cushion at #1 will be a thin 125 pts on Monday.
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