The ATP Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo is underway and there is plenty at stake for the top players in the world. 11-time champion, Rafael Nadal will be making a comeback to the event after a two month layoff due to injury.
Given his incredible run in Monaco, he is once again billed as the firm favourite to win the title. But, besides winning the title, the Spaniard will also have an eye on the ATP rankings.
Currently, Nadal is at no.3 after Daniil Medvedev eclipsed him a few weeks ago. However, with the latest withdrawal of the Russain, the Spaniard has a golden opportunity to reclaim his no.2 position.
The equation for Nadal to be back into the Top 2
Medvedev was a semifinalist in Monaco in 2019, which also means he will have to surrender handy points. On the other hand, Nadal too made the semis, but will have the opportunity to go all the way.
Currently, Medvedev has 10030 points and Nadal has 9670. That said, as per the latest ATP rules, 50% of the points will be docked for both players if they fail to reach the semis. However, Nadal has a chance to add to his tally by reaching winning the title.
The 20-year-old will start off against Federico Delbonis today, but will have tougher opponents going ahead in the form of Diego Schwartzman and Andrey Rublev.