It's 'Something Special', says Nadal on returning to No.1 spot

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

Rafael Nadal is back as world number one for the first time since August 2014.

Although he personally won't like it, the withdrawal of Federer (back injury), Murray (hip injury), Stan Wawrinka (knee injury), Novak Djokovic (elbow injury) and Kei Nishikori (wrist injury) from the ATP tournament gives him a huge boost to land the title, after a not-so-impressive campaign in the Canadian Open in Montreal.

Federer has a history of back problems and suffered a reoccurrence of the injury in Sunday's Rogers Cup final defeat to 20-year-old Alexander Zverev.

Nadal and Federer have both had successful seasons and look favourite to battle for the year-end world number one ranking once the latter returns to action most likely at the US Open that begins on 28 August.

Having suffered with injuries to his knees over the last few years, Nadal cut his season short last year due to a wrist injury, and as a outcome doubts surfaced as to whether the Spaniard could return the same player.

"I am very sorry to pull out", said Federer. That's part of the sport.

Romania's Halep, hoping to overtake Czech Karolina Pliskova for the world number one ranking this week, downed USA qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-1, while Spain's sixth-ranked Muguruza ousted Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2, 6-0. "But I'm happy that it happened".

"I think winning in Federation Internationale de Football Association in the evenings is way important for me, just because mentally that helps me way more than winning Masters". And it would be placed in a better position to rise to the forefront of the world ranking at the end of the tournament in Cincinnati next Sunday. "Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week".

"I'm sorry for all of them".

Nadal has been forced to alter training and event schedules more as he has gotten older. I really hope I don't face 7-6 in the first round here again even though it's kind of a good-luck charm. "We'll have to wait and see how I feel in the next couple of days".

However, this year he has stormed back onto the scene, winning four titles: the Barcelona Open, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the Madrid Open and the French Open - for an historic 10th time.

"When you already talking about a player that already won two Masters 1000 in the same year, you're talking about an unbelievable player", Nadal said of Zverev in Cincinnati. "Better not. I can not give many advices".

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