While a victory this week would not be good enough to overhaul Federer, it would leave Nadal primed to replace the Swiss star at Indian Wells or Miami next month. Nadal however insists he is not motivated by a desire to reclaim the position from his long-time rival. "I play this tournament because I like it and, not because I'm trying to be number one in the world," Nadal said. "At this point in my career, I'm looking to be happy, and play in the proper weeks, whether No. 1 or No. 5 in the rankings."
.@RafaelNadal returns to the tour next week in Acapulco and will face fellow ?? @feliciano_lopez in the opening round! Nadal leads their head-to-head 9-4, but Lopez has won their last two matches.https://t.co/PWnh6n5zdC #USOpen pic.twitter.com/s4DncRe7ig— US Open Tennis (@usopen) February 25, 2018