World number one Rafael Nadal has been compared to Barcelona legend Lionel Messi by his coach Carlos Moya, the Daily Express report.

The Spaniard has recently returned from an ongoing hip injury and helped his country Spain defeat Germany in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

Nadal won both of his matches during the tie, which included an impressive straight sets victory against Alexander Zverev, ranked number four in the world.

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Meanwhile, Messi has helped Barcelona make the Copa del Rey final and has not tasted defeat in La Liga to date this season.

Talking ahead of the Monte Carlo Masters, Moya was full of praise for Nadal’s comeback performance at the Davis Cup.

You almost have the guarantee that he will win his two singles (matches), which helps his teammates to be free. I would compare it with Leo Messi in Barcelona.

Nadal is preparing to defend his Monte Carlo Masters title, where he has won the tournament a record 10 times, including twice in as many years.

Novak Djokovic, who is also returning from injury, could be a possible quarter-final opponent for Nadal if the pair make it to that stage.