Nadal back at the summit
Roland-Garros champion Nadal, finalist at the ATP Finals in 2010 and 2013, was forced to withdraw from the Rolex Paris Masters prior to the semi-finals with an abdominal injury.
The newly reinstated world No.1, back at the summit of men’s tennis for the eighth time and 197th week at the pinnacle, will travel to London hoping to practice on Friday and Saturday in order to feature in the action next week.
Nadal has won all five previous encounters against Zverev and both matches against debutant Medvedev, who is the leader of the ATP Tour with 59 wins in 2019.
The US Open final should provide Medvedev all the motivation he needs to gain revenge on Nadal, their instant-classic five-set thriller was one of the matches of the season.
Nadal also possesses a 4-1 head-to-head record over another debutant Tsitsipas, but the Greek did manage to inflict defeat on the ‘King of Clay’ at the Madrid Masters.
Depending on Nadal’s fitness, Rolex Paris Masters champion Djokovic will be targeting an immediate return to the top of the rankings. It’s a simple equation that if Djokovic takes home the title he will be crowned year-end No.1, but only if Nadal fails to reach the last four.