Rafael Nadal is on course to return to tennis at the Mexican Open

Rafael Nadal will return to tennis at Acapulco where he will be out to avenge last year’s defeat to Sam Querrey in the final.

The Spaniard has been out of action since withdrawing injured from his Australian Open quarterfinal clash against Marin Cilic.

The world No 1 suffered a Grade 1 injury of his illiopsoas, the inner hip muscle, on his right leg.

“It’s a small injury that needs time and rest and recovery, and that’s what we’re doing,” Nadal revealed during the Mundo Deportivo Grand Gala.

“For the moment my schedule is the same and I think I’ll be able to travel to Mexico to play at Acapulco.”

Nadal leads the ATP rankings by 155 points ahead of Roger Federer and, if Federer wins the Dubai Open that same week, has to reach the semifinals in Mexico to retain the No 1 ranking.