Rafael Nadal Returns from Knee Injury

Rafael Nadal at 2018 French Open. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9707712du)

Spaniard Rafael Nadal is ready to make his return to tennis after missing the last two months due to a knee injury. Nadal is set to make an appearance at Paris Masters next week and will try to win this tournament for the first time in his career. According to organizers, the 31-year-old arrived in Paris on Friday.

Rafael Nadal will have a bye in the first round at Paris Masters and will face either Fernando Verdasco or Jeremy Chardy in the second round. Further down the road, Nadal could face defending 2017 Paris Masters winner Jack Sock in the third round and then meet Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals. Good thing for him, however, is that both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are on the other side of the bracket, and could only meet them in the finals.

Rafael Nadal played his last tournament in September when he reached the semifinals of US Open and was the favorite to win the title. In the semi-final match against Juan Martin del Potro, however, he lost the two opening sets and then was forced to quit the game due to a knee injury. Nadal has been struggling with knee issues for several years now and was forced to retire from multiple tournaments in the past because of this problem.

Rafael Nadal will enter the Paris Masters as the No.1 ranked tennis player in the world, but he may not hold the position for too long. Novak Djokovic is only 215 points behind him and has an advantage of being record four times winner of the tournament.