He has not yet recovered from his abdominal fracture that has forced him to leave Wimbledon, but Rafael Nadal He already thinks about picking up the racket again. The Masters 1000 de Montreal, which starts on August 7, is already between eyebrows. That means he has a month to rest, heal from his injury and get back into shape in which he has astonished this season by conquering the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
The man from Manaco wants to give the level in the first Masters of the North American tour, so his roadmap is clear. He will take some time to rest and then try to gradually return to training in order to be in top condition in Canada.
After Montreal, Cincinnati will come with little rest, to then face the last Grand Slam of the season, the US Open which will be played from August 29. If everything goes according to plan, although it is still early, Nadal will compete in Montreal and New York without a doubt and will have to assess his participation in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, also based on the results obtained the previous week in Canada.
Beyond the US Open The Laver Cup (September 23 to 25) appears on the calendar, in which its participation is confirmed today, in addition to the entire Asian and European hard court tour that will begin in October and that has as its summit the last Masters 1000 of the season, in Shanghai and Paris. But at the moment, only Montreal, the US Open and the Laver Cup are fixed on his calendar, apart from his presence at the ATP Finals in Turin, where he is mathematically classified, as well as a series of exhibitions throughout Latin America. Despite the physical uncertainty that Nadal’s future holds, there is an apparent tranquility regarding what the classification refers to. The man from Manaco only defends the round of 16 that he won at the ATP 500 in Washington, where he fell to Lloyd Harris. After his elimination in what was the first tournament of the American tour, the Balearic decided to stop until the end of the season, without playing any of the remaining tournaments.
Therefore, for Rafa, everything that comes from now on will mean adding points. Four Masters 1000, a Grand Slam and the ATP Finals, in addition to the Laver Cup and the Davis Cup, stand out on the tennis calendar in this second part of the season and in which Nadal will be able to participate without any pressure for not defending a single point . Classification won’t be a concern he has to deal with in his return, either. With almost no points to defend, he very possibly will not lose positions and depending on the results of his rivals, he could even gain some more position.
Nadal will leave Wimbledon third behind Medvedev y Zverevwhich have hardly been affected by the decision not to distribute points in this edition. Novak Djokovic cannot say the same, that regardless of how the current tournament ends, he will start Monday as seventh, reaping his worst ranking since 2018, when he dropped to 22nd due to an elbow injury. Be that as it may, a new horizon opens up for Rafa. With future fatherhood in sight and with a new injury on the waythe champion is already focused on recovering as soon as possible and with all the guarantees to be able to face the final stretch of the season in which who knows, it may begin to be the farewell in some other tournament.