Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya has indicated the world number one is targeting a return from injury next month at the Paris Masters.
Nadal 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, Nadal then announced his withdrawal from tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai.
But Moya, who has coached Nadal since 2016, believes his player may be ready in time for the Paris Masters, which runs from October 29 to November After that, the ATP Finals in London begins on November 11.
Nadal’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.
Nadal has enjoyed a strong year. The thirty-two years old clinched his seventeenth Grand Slam title by winning an eleventh11th French Open in June, after triumphs in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome earlier in the year.