Nadal To Make A Comeback at Paris Masters

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand during the men's singles second round match against Vasek Pospisil of Canada on Day Three of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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World number one Rafael Nadal is set to make comeback at the Paris Masters after an injury break. The main draw actions for the tournament begins tomorrow.

The Spaniard has been out of action since the US Open semi-final in August when he retired with a knee problem at two sets down Argentine, Juan Martin del Potro.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion will face countryman Fernando Verdasco or France’s Jérémy Chardy in his opening match after receiving a bye to the second round.

He will play on the hard courts of the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, where he won his 11 French Open titles on the clay.

Nadal has never won the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

The 32-year-old has a talented pool of contenders to battle in the French capital, including four-time winner Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian, seeded second and a 14-time Grand Slam winner, will enter in round two against Portuguese qualifier João Sousa or Italy’s Marco Cecchinato.

Swiss legend Roger Federer, who is seeded third in the tournament won the 2011 edition.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will open in round two against either Canada’s Milos Raonic or home French hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has been handed a wildcard.

The 2017 champion, Jack Sock will defend his title as the 16th seed with a possibility of a Nadal encounter in round three.

His second round opponent will either be France’s Richard Gasquet or Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

The Paris tournament is the last before the season-ending ATP Finals in London, which begin on November 12.

The final in Paris will be held on November 4, which also serves as a venue for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.