(AFP) – Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya has indicated the world number one is targeting a return from injury next month at the Paris Masters.
Rafa has not played a match since retiring from the US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro three weeks ago, due to a problem in his right knee.
After missing Spain’s Davis Cup semi-final defeat by France, Rafa then announced his withdrawal from tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai.
But Moya, who has coached Rafa since 2016, believes his player may be ready in time for the Paris Masters, which runs from October 29 to November 4. After that, the ATP Finals in London begins on November 11.
“We do not have deadlines, if everything goes well and everything is in order, we understand that he may be fine for Paris-Bercy,” Moya told Television Espanola on Friday.
“If it’s not Paris, it will be London and if not, then next year.”
Rafa’s absence leaves his position at the top of the world rankings vulnerable to a late push from Novak Djokovic.
Moya, however, insisted holding onto the top spot is not on Nadal´s mind.
“Right now, no,” Moya added.
“A month or month and a half ago, probably yes, but when you have an injury the top priority is to recover from that injury.”
Thanks for the E Mail I am very happy that you have put it back 🎾🎾🎾🎾🤣
I’m watching David Ferrer in the final of the Monterrey Challenger. Free stream on the ATP site. He’s playing Ivo Karlovic. So happy to see David healthy enough to play again after the USO – he’s doing well too, just broke Ivo’s serve. These guys just love playing. Things like this will keep me going til Rafa’s back. Vamos Ferru!
I hope Rafa’s team could finally found a solution this time. I mean the knee issue happened for the third time in this recent 2 years. Rafa really has a problem playing on hard court and it’s dangerous since most of tournaments are played on hard court. I am happy that Rafa is coming back in Paris Master but also i am kinda worried. The ball played on indoor flies extremely fast!!! It’s too aggressive for Rafa’s knees. A change in his game should be done soon if Rafa’s team still wants to eclipse Federer’s record.
Rafa where you aaat, boy? I miss uuuu! Can you play some table tennis in the interim? 😉
Hola Alex I’m totally with you on that. I need my Rafa fix! But I can wait patiently coz I just know he’ll bring the awesomeness when he returns 🙂
Meanwhile, cheering on Naomi Osaka provides me my tennis fix these days.
Well done, Mac. You’ve found a great substitute.
Mine is tax returns(!) Imagine!
return in paris win paris and win atp finals and in 2019 australian open
Get ready Rafa we need you in the tennis court we are miss you get well your fans love you vamosssssssss champ.🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍💪💪💪❤️❤️❤️
Get well soon Rafa… tennis is not tennis with out you…
is there any tennis player half as exciting as RAFA to watch play tennis? I don’t think so take great care of your,body, we would to see you for a few more years
Get well soon champ. Vamos Rafa <3
Best Wishes for a speedy but safe recovery the joy you bring to your many fans when you play a tennis match is just wonderful the excitement the Highs the Lows the fight that is inside of you to never give up that is something that you cannot replace that is you RAFA I hope to see you in the Australian Open please be match fit. Thank you for being such a wonderful sportsman and a very nice man
We miss you Rafa but want you healthy as I know you will wait to be – #foreverrafafan❤️
Good luck with a 100% recovery-dreary tournaments when you are unable to participate-cameras always quickly scan past empty seats! Return when you are ready-we look forward to it🍀👑❤️
Yes your Health and body always comes first. Yes really miss you. But would rather wait for a healthy rafa. You are always number one to all of rafa fans. Besides look what you do for tennis. We have good 5 6 more years left.lol. my best to you your family and coach and team.
Vamos Rafa. We know you have been the No 1 and will always remain our No 1 till eternity.
Such a pleasure & joy to watch you play.
Electrifying indeed and unbelievable shot making as always.
The very best Matches at USO were all played by you.
Hoping you’ll be able to return soon and that your coach is right in his estimate
of when you you’ll be able to. Listen to your MDs above all.
You will always be my no.1 tennis player Rafa, good luck on your recovery hope to see you in London😊❤ xx
Missing you, Rafa baby. Life does not seem the same in tennis, when you are not around. Love you always.💙💖💟💜💛💚💞💓❤💓💞💚💛💜💟💖💙
Grea good in your preparation for return!
We miss you☺️
IS 3 WKS ENOUGH TIME TO HEAL A LIGAMENT OR KNEE PROBLEM.???YES WE MISS YOU BUT PLEASE BE SURE ,
I WAS VERY WORRIED TO SEE YET AGAIN YOUR INJURY , PLEASE BE CAREFUL . I AM PLEASED TO SEE MOYA WITH YOU , TOU ALWAYS SEEM MORE RELAXED WITH HIM AROUND BLESS YOUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Rafa tu recuperaciòn lo primero..el ranking despuès…me alegro mucho k vayas mejor..cuando veas conveniente vuelve a las pistas k te esperamos con los brazos abiertos…TE QUEREMOS TE SEGUIMOS VAMOSSSS!!!
Rafa may GOD grant you his Grace to heal again and for you to play the way you do. We miss you on the courts; but we understand that healing is more important then playing. Good luck with your knee and the ligaments that have been hurt and can repair themselves. Rest and Enjoy the time off and get well soon
love ya Rafa you are the best
Looking forward to watching Rafa play again. Going to London in November, keeping fingers crossed😊xx
God Blessess You Raphael on your recovery with good health🙏🙏🙏