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Rafael Nadal confirmed for Brisbane International

Rafael Nadal confirmed for Brisbane International

The 15-time Grand Slam champion will take the top rankings spot when the official ATP rankings are released on Monday.

Nick Kyrgios beats new World No.1 Rafael Nadal to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

Nick Kyrgios beats new World No.1 Rafael Nadal to reach Cincinnati Masters semi-finals

For Nadal, this was his third straight upset after his La Decima at Roland Garros, barring him each time to even head into the semis. He had lost to Giles Muller in a pulsating five-setter in the round of 16 of Wimbledon 2017, then came a shock in Montreal quarters when 18-year-old Dennis Shapovalov scripted his first upset in the highway to US Open.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

It was late into Thursday afternoon in Barcelona that a van rammed into the heart of the city in a packed street named Las Ramblas, killing 13 and injuring around 100. 70 miles away and a few hours later Catalan police were informed of a second van attack in the town of Cambrils, where four people were shot dead. A fifth died a few hours later. 

World No 1 Rafael Nadal wins opener, US teen ousts Alexander Zverev at Cincinnati Masters

World No 1 Rafael Nadal wins opener, US teen ousts Alexander Zverev at Cincinnati Masters

Nadal, a 15-time Grand Slam champion who captured his 10th French Open crown in June, defeated Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4, improving to 15-0 in ATP matches against the Frenchman.

Returning to No. 1 position is very special: Rafael Nadal

Returning to No. 1 position is very special: Rafael Nadal

Nadal will overtake Britain`s top-ranked Murray, who withdrew from Montreal and Cincinnati with a hip injury. 

Roger Federer withdraws from Cincinnati Open; Rafael Nadal to become World No 1

Roger Federer withdraws from Cincinnati Open; Rafael Nadal to become World No 1

On the women's side, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova have announced that they will not play in the event.

Andy Murray's absence, Rafael Nadal's exit open World No. 1 ranking gates for Roger Federer

Andy Murray's absence, Rafael Nadal's exit open World No. 1 ranking gates for Roger Federer

Speculations were also that Federer was in the race for the numero uno spot and now with Nadal's shock exit, the road seems clear for him. If he is able to win the Rogers Cup tomorrow, then he is bound to become the World No.1 yet again, on August 21 with an equal or a better finish than Nadal at the Cincinnati masters.

Rogers Cup 2017: Rafael Nadal's bid to World No 1 put on hold after Round 3 defeat to Denis Shapovalov

Rogers Cup 2017: Rafael Nadal's bid to World No 1 put on hold after Round 3 defeat to Denis Shapovalov

It was not just a dream, it was something that most tennis fans yearned to see. To see Rafael Nadal scale up the ladder to reclaim the No. 1 ranking on the ATP rankings chart. But all went in vain as the Spaniard lost to Denis Shapovalov 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, today.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal secure opening round victories at ATP Montreal Masters

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal secure opening round victories at ATP Montreal Masters

Federer attributed his renaissance to rediscovering full fitness after knee surgery in 2016 and taking a two-month break from the game earlier this year.

WATCH: Roger Federer turns 36, reveals what scares him the most

WATCH: Roger Federer turns 36, reveals what scares him the most

The Swiss great has won five tour-level titles in 2017, including two Grand Slams - Australian Open and Wimbledon and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles - BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open. 

Rafael Nadal eyes ATP No. 1 spot in Montreal, with Andy Murray ruled out

Rafael Nadal eyes ATP No. 1 spot in Montreal, with Andy Murray ruled out

A semi-final run in Montreal would see the Spaniard supplant Britain`s Andy Murray atop the rankings.

Rafael Nadal has eyes on world number one ranking in Montreal

Rafael Nadal has eyes on world number one ranking in Montreal

Fifteen-times grand slam champion Nadal has spent a career total of 141 weeks as world number one -- seventh on the list.

Andy Murray pulls out Rogers Cup 2017; Rafael Nadal to reclaim No. 1 spot with semi-final showing

Andy Murray pulls out Rogers Cup 2017; Rafael Nadal to reclaim No. 1 spot with semi-final showing

Earlier this week, 19-time Grand Slam winner announced his return to Canadian hardcourt after six years of gap. Thus, Nadal and Federer will stand as top seeds for the first time since Monte Carlo Open, back in April 2011.

Andy Murray continues to lead ATP Men's Singles Rankings despite Wimbledon debacle

Andy Murray continues to lead ATP Men's Singles Rankings despite Wimbledon debacle

There were no changes in this week`s rankings, as Spain`s Rafael Nadal came second, followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland, reports Efe.

Roger Federer, King of Grass, continues to inspire generations with his class

Manushree Bhardwaj

Roger Federer’s eighth Wimbledon win has made me believe; believe in hard work, passion and a ‘never-give-up’ attitude. At 35, his magical wand has woven magic again. This is his fairytale. Perhaps, his best one.

ATP Rankings: Roger Federer breaks into top 3 after claiming eighth Wimbledon title

ATP Rankings: Roger Federer breaks into top 3 after claiming eighth Wimbledon title

This is the first time that the Swiss international has advanced into the top-3 in 11 months. It was back in August 22, 2016 that Federer had slipped down a spot to No. 4 and then on missing the rest of the season, he found himself to as low as No. 17.

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer becomes first player since Bjorn Borg to win title without dropping a set

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer becomes first player since Bjorn Borg to win title without dropping a set

With a win in the Australian Open in 2007, Roger Federer became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a tournament without dropping a set. Not only so, he is also the first ever to do it so on a hard court.

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza joins elite group of Spaniards who have clinched singles title at All England Club

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza joins elite group of Spaniards who have clinched singles title at All England Club

After a tight and tense first set which witnessed Muguruza's strong and relentless returnings to crack the Venus code, the young Spaniard took down her experienced opponent 6-0 in the second set to lift the Venus Rosewater dish

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer becomes favourite to win record eighth title as other big stars crash out before semis

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer becomes favourite to win record eighth title as other big stars crash out before semis

Federer will next face Berdych in the semis. In the other semi-final, Querrey will take on Cilic.

Rafael Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon: A look back at the Spaniard's early exit from coveted tournament

Rafael Nadal crashes out of Wimbledon: A look back at the Spaniard's early exit from coveted tournament

Carrying forward his clay-court form, Nadal was up and rolling with his clinical victories in the first three rounds of the tournament. But things failed to turn out the same against Muller in their round of 16 clash.