Rafael Nadal fell in the quarter-finals the last time he played at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal, 2015.

Spaniard could take over top spot on 14 August

Rafael Nadal‘s path to No. 1 became a lot simpler with the withdrawal of Andy Murray from the Coupe Rogers in Montreal on Thursday. Nadal needs to reach the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament to return to the top spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The 31-year-old Spaniard was last No. 1 in June 2014. He has spent a total of 141 weeks at No. 1.

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Murray, who’s recovering from a hip injury, has reigned at No. 1 for 39 weeks. Last November, he became the 26th player and first British male to reach No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 23 August 1973).

“Sadly I’ve had to withdraw from Montreal, it’s a tournament that I have a lot of great memories from. I’m working hard as I can to get back on the court as soon as possible,” Murray said.

Roger Federer also remains in contention for No. 1 during the U.S. summer, but the Swiss can’t get there in Canada.

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