Rafael Nadal has built a series of incredible records and exciting statistics during his career, which the cold numbers cannot fully tell.
It’s not just the 13 Roland Garros titles and all the victories on clay courts, Rafael Nadal has built a series of incredible records and exciting statistics during his career, which the cold numbers cannot fully tell.
And, together with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard is unquestionably one of the three greatest tennis players in history, having won 20 Grand Slams. With a foot injury, Rafael Nadal is currently in the box and will be out until the end of the tennis season.
Despite this, the Spanish champion continues to set records and achieve progressively significant achievements week after week.
Rafael Nadal surpassed 6000 days in the Top-10 of the ATP rankings this week, according to reports on Eurosport.
Amazing results for a tennis player who first broke into the top ten in April 2005 and hasn’t left since. Nadal also holds the record for the most consecutive weeks in the Top Ten, 836. This means Nadal has been doing this for 16 years.
When looking at the data in order, Nadal is ahead of Jimmy Connors (789), Roger Federer (734), Ivan Lendl (619), and Pete Sampras (535 weeks).
Nadal is on par with Connors in terms of total weeks in the Top Ten. Although he is far behind Roger Federer.
Rafael Nadal’s current position in the rankings
Even with the injury, Nadal should be able to stay in the Top-10 unless his opponents put on a show.
The Spanish tennis player should drop some points (see Indian Wells), but there should be some spectacular performances by athletes like Ruud, Hurkacz, Felix Auger Aliassime, and our Jannik Sinner, who are all competing for a spot in the ATP Finals and a chance to break into the world Top Ten for the first time.
Nadal suffered multiple injuries in 2021, but he still managed to perform well, at the Australian Open quarter-finals. He returned to clay and won Barcelona and Rome, but lost in the semifinals of Roland Garros.
Nadal thereby put an end to a 33-match winning streak in Paris. Then Nadal returned to the Washington event, where he displayed signs of exhaustion. He was defeated by South African Lloyd Harris in the second round.
A few days later, he announced the forfeit not only for the US Open but for the entire season in a video on social media, effectively ending the season and deferring everything to 2022.