The 19-time Major champion, Rafael Nadal, has yet to decide about competing in Cincinnati and the US Open at the end of August. Like Novak Djokovic, the Spaniard is not happy about the rules and restrictions around the second Major of the season, waiting for more positive news from New York to add his name to the entry list.
Also, there will be three notable tournaments on clay after the US Open in Madrid, Rome and Paris, and Rafa would love to be ready for those if the coronavirus allows the action. Meanwhile, Nadal is enjoying the time off the court, taking out his new luxury yacht and showing his jet ski skills in Ibiza on Saturday.
For the last couple of weeks, the players at Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca have been able to compete against each other, with Nadal still postponing preparations for the season restart that should happen in August in Washington.
For the last three years, Nadal has been ranked in the top-2 alongside Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, conquering Roland Garros and the US Open in 2017 and finishing at the top for the first time in four years.
With three Masters 1000 crowns and another Roland Garros trophy, Rafa was among the players to beat in 2018 as well, losing the year-end no.
1 battle to Novak Djokovic and battling with the Serb for the supremacy in the second part of 2019. The Serb toppled the Spaniard in the final of the Australian Open and Nadal needed some time to find the winning course again, suffering three semi-final losses on clay in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.
With no room for errors in Rome and Paris, Rafa found his A-game to lift two titles and 3000 points, improving his chances in the race against Novak and adding more points with the semi-final run at Wimbledon. Nadal repeated the feat from Rome and Roland Garros in Montreal and the US Open, claiming the Masters 1000 crown no.
35 and his 19th Major to move closer to Roger Federer's record and become the favorite for the year-end no. 1 spot. In the closing stages of the year, Nadal lost Djokovic behind to secure the fifth year-end no. 1 honor, keeping that momentum at the Davis Cup Finals where he led Spain towards the title in front of the home fans in Madrid.
The ATP Cup was Nadal's first stop in 2020, reaching another final alongside Roberto Bautista Agut and losing to Novak Djokovic in straight sets to grab the second place for Spain. At the Australian Open, Rafa was a win away from securing world no.
1 spot ahead of Novak Djokovic, suffering a loss to Dominic Thiem in the quarters and stepping down from the ATP throne when the Serb claimed the eighth Australian Open crown. Playing in Kuwait and South Africa right after Melbourne, Nadal took a couple of weeks off and made a return in Acapulco, claiming the 85th ATP title and heading home ten days later after the coronavirus outbreak.