Nadal eyes No 1 in Mon­treal

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Rafael Nadal says he’ll fo­cus on the foes in front of him at the ATP Mon­treal Masters this week, and not on his chance to re­turn to No 1 in the world.

A semi­fi­nal run in Mon­treal would see the Spa­niard sup­plant Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray atop the rank­ings.

“I don’t even think about that now,” Nadal said of No 1. “I’m try­ing to have the right prepa­ra­tion now and that’s it.

“I’m go­ing to keep try­ing to play the way I did in the first part of the sea­son, so if I’m able to make that hap­pen, I hope to have a chance to do well.”

The top seed is ex­pected to open his cam­paign for a fourth Cana­dian ti­tle on Wed­nes­day with a se­cond-round meet­ing against ei­ther Croa­t­ian Borna Coric or Rus­sian lucky loser Mikhail Youzhny.

Nadal could also be on track for a third round show­down against 2009 tour­na­ment run­ner-up Juan Martin del Potro who beat hard-serv­ing Amer­i­can John Is­ner in straight sets 7-5, 7-5 in a night match on Mon­day.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal plays a re­turn shot

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