Spanish tennis icon, Rafael Nadal is billed to return early back in action this month, in order to try and stop his fierce rival, Roger Federer from reaching the world number one spot at the end of February.
The Spaniard was forced to retire from his Australian Open quarter-final clash with Thomas Berdych because of a thigh injury.
He was expected to miss the Mexican Open at the end of the month to allow his body to fully recover.
But after winning the Sportsperson of the Year award at the MundoDeportivo Grand Gala last night, Nadal said he hopes to be back for the Acapulco tournament.
Because of Federer’s success at the Australian Open, Nadal’s lead at the top of the ATP World Rankings stands at 155 points.
If the Spaniard does not enter, or fails to reach the semi-finals in Mexico, and Federer wins the Dubai Open in the same week, then the Swiss star will leapfrog his rival to top spot.