Nadal on course for Paris return, says coach Moya

Carlos Moya, Rafael Nadal's coach since 2016, believes his player may be ready in time for the Paris Masters, which runs from October 29 to November 4.

Rafael Nadal looks on with his coach Carlos Moya. (File photo)   -  Getty Images

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.

However 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 4. After that, the ATP Finals in London begins on November 11.

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“We do not have deadlines, if everything goes well and everything is in order, we understand that he may be fine for Paris-Bercy. If it's not Paris, it will be London and if not, then next year,” Moya told Television Espanola on Friday.

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 Nadals mind.

“Right now, no. 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,” Moya added.

Nadal has enjoyed a strong year. The 32-year-old clinched his 17th Grand Slam title by winning an 11th French Open in June, after triumphs in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome earlier in the year.