Photo: Rafael Nadal
Spain’s Rafael Nadal plans to return to singles action on Wednesday at the hard-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Montreal, where he will play Canadian Jesse Levine in his first match since making an early exit from Wimbledon.
Nadal, the No. 4 seed, is returning to the ATP Tour nearly six weeks after Belgium’s Steve Darcis knocked him off 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 at Wimbledon, marking the first time the Spaniard lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event.
The Spanish star will be playing Levine, the world No. 132, for only the second time. Nadal beat Levine 6-4, 6-2 in Toronto in 2008.
The Spaniard, who has won 12 major championships, last played in Montreal in 2011, when he was beaten by Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) in the second round.
Nadal will get his first hard-court action on Tuesday, when he and doubles partner Pablo Andujar will take on fellow Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez.
The 27-year-old Nadal, who won his 8th French Open title on June 9, was off the ATP Tour for seven months due to a knee injury following his loss at the 2012 Wimbledon tournament.