Last year at this time, Rafael Nadal was at home in Spain struggling to overcome his chronic knee problems unsure if he'll return to tennis and 12 months later he is set to be World No1 again.
Rafael Nadal missed the US and Australian Open before returning back on his favourite clay courts. Nadal went on to win the French Open and then suffered a first round shock loss at Wimbledon, the critics called for a retirement.
But the Spanish tennis ace returned back to the hard courts after a break and on his least loved surface he was unbeaten as he went on to win the US Open.
Now at the China Open where both Nadal at World No2 and World No1 Novak Djokovic are playing, the 27-year-old US Open champion just needed to reach the final to overtake Djokovic as the top seed in men's tennis.
In the China Open, Nadal was tested in the quarter-final in three set clash with Fabio Fognini but his semi-final did not last more than a set as Tomas Berdych suffered an injury and pulled out of the match sending Nadal to the final and giving him the World No1 ranking.
Even if Novak Djokovic wins the China Open, on Monday he will be World No2 as Rafael Nadal will have enough points to overtake him atop the men's tennis rankings.
Every time people write off Rafael Nadal and say he should retire or choose to play only on clay, the tennis star comes back with a bang to prove his critics wrong.
In his biography 'Rafa-My Story', the left-handed player said that pain has been a part of his game for a long time but it was his love for tennis, the game he chose over football which he was also good at with the support of his family helped him in his career.
Nadal looks red hot and with the No1 ranking, US Open and French Open titles the legend of Rafael Nadal seems set to write some more history as the Greatest Player Of All Time debate in tennis' Open Era will rage on.
Rafael Nadal's comeback will surely be the one that legends are made of as this man keeps coming back time and again, sadly for his rival he gets better and better.