Back home and preparing his bid for a record-extending 14th French Open title, Rafael Nadal is set to resume his stellar season at this week’s Madrid Open after a month-long injury absence.

Nadal will be seeking his fourth title in 2022, having won his first 20 matches before suffering a rib stress fracture in the semi-finals at Indian Wells.

He made it to the final there but lost to Taylor Fritz for his first defeat.

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Until then, it had been the third-best start to a season on the ATP Tour since 1990.

Nadal won the Australian Open for a record 21st grand slam title and also won in Melbourne and Acapulco. He missed tournaments in Miami, Monte Carlo and Barcelona because of the injury.

The 35-year-old Spaniard will be trying to win the Madrid title for the sixth time, and first since 2017, though he said last week he would have “few chances” of winning after arriving “with minimum preparation.”

He will debut against either Miomir Kecmanovic or Alexander Bublik.

Nadal could face a semi-final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who has been trying to regain his best form after a slow start to the season.

A three-time winner in Madrid, Djokovic was coming off a runner-up finish in Serbia, where he won three three-set matches before losing the final to Andrey Rublev.

His first match in Madrid will be against either Gael Monfils or Carlos Gimeno Valero.

Another home-crowd favorite in Madrid will be young sensation Carlos Alcaraz, who made it to No. 9 in the world after titles in Rio de Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona.

The 18-year-old, touted by many as Nadal’s heir, could face his idol in the quarter-finals. He lost to Nadal in the tournament’s second round last year.