The historic fall of the Spanish Rafael Nadal from the Top 10 already has a confirmed date

The historic fall of the Spanish Rafael Nadal from the Top 10 already has a confirmed date

Staying at the highly competitive level for more than fifteen years is a milestone that only the best in each sport can achieve. That is the case of Rafael Nadalwho this Monday completed 911 weeks in the top ten of the ATP ranking, the second most important mark in history, but which has an expiration date from an injury to his left leg that kept him off the pitch this year and a series of results in recent days.

From the April 25, 2005 that the Spaniard is ranked consecutively in the Top Ten, but after having made his last participation in the professional circuit on January 18 in the second round of the Australian Open, there are several points that he let go and also those that will disappear from his harvest.

It’s just that the next March 20 The units of Indian Wells 2022 will no longer be added, a championship in which Rafa reached the final, and will make is minimally located in the eleventh (11th) position.



Rafael Nadal reacts during his Australian Open second round match, which he lost to Mackenzie McDonald, in Melbourne. Photo: Dita Alangkara.

This Monday, in the weekly update of the ATP, Nadal appears in the ninth place. The Danish semifinals Holger Rune in the ATP of Acapulco caused him to lose a place, but the presence of Taylor Fritz Among the top four, he consummated the fall of the Spaniard from the Top 10. It is that the American could lose 1,000 points as champion of Indian Wells, but in that case he would be left with 2,795 against the 2,715 of the Mallorcan.

Also, both Happy Auger-Also as Hubert Hurkacz They are assured of beating the Spaniard because they barely defend 10 and 90 points, respectively, from the last edition of the Californian tournament.

even the british Cameron Norriein case of reaching the eighth, he would relegate Nadal to the twelfth position in the world ranking. AND Jannik Sinner is the next threat.

The presence of Nadal outside the ‘top10’ will mean that on his return to competition he will have more complicated pictures and that it can be seen with any of the first four from the quarterfinals.

The Spaniard would then leave his record for staying in that group at 913 consecutive weeks, which will not be in danger. Because Rafa comfortably commands that statistic on the ATP circuit, escorted by four retired players. In second place were the 788 weeks of Jimmy Connors; in the third, the 734 of Roger Federer; room is located Ivan Lendl, with 619; and fifth, Pete Sampras con 565.

Novak Djokovicwho seems destined to break all the records in the racket world (he is already the tennis player who spent the longest time at the top of the ranking and one of those who won the most Grand Slams -22, the same as Nadal, for example), is sixth on that list with a much lower record than that of the Mallorcan: “barely” 555 weeks, between March 2007 and October 2017.

Djokovic (1st) and Nadal, one of the biggest rivalries in recent years.  Photo: Christophe Ena, File.


Djokovic (1st) and Nadal, one of the biggest rivalries in recent years. Photo: Christophe Ena, File.

The absolute record is held by the Czech-American Martina Navratilovawinner of 18 Grand Slams, who passed 1000 weeks among the top ten of the WTA singles ranking between November 3, 1975 and December 26, 1994.

The mark of staying in that exclusive group of players for 6,538 days is a record between men and the winner of 22 Grand Slams, despite not being happy with the performance he has been showing, acknowledged what was the main argument for this: “I’d rather be there than not be, but You have to accept things as they come. With all the injuries I’ve had it’s a miracle I didn’t get out. A lot has happened in the last year: a broken rib, two abdominal tears, a psoas tear, foot problems…”.

However, the specialist on brick dust does not want to hang up the racket and put an end to his career, despite not knowing when his return date to the circuit will be. “When you have spent a year like the one I have, it is clear that one gets tired, but every day I am at the Academy training, gym, recovery… I am awaiting evolution and I do not know if it will be Monte Carlo, Barcelona, ​​Madrid… I feel like playing and I’ll be there when I can“, declared the 36-year-old tennis player, from the box of the Santiago Bernabeu, in the preview of the duel between Real Madrid and Barcelona for the Copa del Rey.

His future objective, in addition to returning to the top 10, will be to be present at the beginning of the European tour that starts with the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, next April 9. In addition, until he is among the best again, he will be able to face anyone from the top 4 starting in the quarterfinals, having more complicated draws in each of the tournaments that he comes to play.

According to different results that can be given to Cameron Norrie, Nadal could end up in the twelfth ATP position, with Jannik Sinner being his next threat. still sits ninth.

The Argentine Etcheverry and his best ranking

Martin Etcheverry against Nicolas Jarry, during a final match at the Chilean Open.  Photo: EFE/Esteban Garay.


Martin Etcheverry against Nicolas Jarry, during a final match at the Chilean Open. Photo: EFE/Esteban Garay.

The Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry He reached number 61 in the world tennis ranking, the best record of his career, after qualifying for the ATP final in Santiago de Chile, which he lost to the local Nicolás Jarry.

The 23-year-old tennis player from La Plata climbed 15 places in the ranking and became the fourth best Argentine tennis player today behind Francisco Cerúndolo (32nd), Sebastián Báez (35th) and Diego Schwartzman (38th, -1). . Also, with this latest boost, he surpassed Federico Coria (64th, -6) and Pedro Cachín (66th, -5), who are part of the top 100 just like Facundo Bagnis (96th, -2).

For his part, Novak Djokovic He completed his 379th week at the top of the ranking, although he faces the threat of losing that position if the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz (2nd) is crowned at the Indian Wells Masters, which the Serb will not play for not having the anti-Covid vaccine.

The top 10 places in the ranking are completed by the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd), the Norwegian Casper Ruud (4th), the American Taylor Fritz (5th), the Russians Daniil Medvedev (6th, +1) and Andrey Rublev (7th, -1), the Danish Holger Rune (8th, +2), the Spanish Rafael Nadal (9th, -1) and the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (10th, -1).

How is the Women’s Top 20 coming?

Iga Swiatek during a match at the Australian Open 2023. Photo: EFE/EPA/JOEL CARRETT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT


Iga Swiatek during a match at the Australian Open 2023. Photo: EFE/EPA/JOEL CARRETT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

The Top 20 of the WTA world ranking did not suffer any changes this week, thus keeping the Polish woman among the best Iga Swiatek as number one.

The Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, in thirteenth place, is the first Ibero-American player among the best hundred in the world, while the first Spanish player is Paula Badosa in twenty-second position.

The first change is that of the Croatian Donna Vekic, whose victory in the tournament in Monterrey (California, USA) makes it easier for her to pass 8 places and settle at 23.

Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, with her first WTA title in Austin, Texas, USA, suffered 12 places to settle at 40th place, while finalist Varvara Gracheva reaches 22nd and is at 66th place.

Between Haddad and Badosa, the Spanish Nuria Párrizas (88), Cristina Bucsa (90), Rebeka Masarova (92) and Sara Sorribes (96) appear on the list. Colombian Camila Osorio is in the top 100.

With information from EFE

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