While awaiting the start of the new season, Rafael Nadal has set yet another record. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has in fact reached 900 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the ATP ranking. Despite the multiple injuries that have affected his career, Rafa has managed to stay at the top thanks to his incredible willpower.
The Majorcan came close to dropping out of the Top 10 in the summer of 2015, when he spent seven weeks in tenth place in the rankings.
Consecutive weeks in Top 10:
Rafael Nadal: 900 (April 25, 2005 to present)
Jimmy Connors: 788 (Aug 1973 to Sep 1988)
Roger Federer: 734 (October 2002 to October 2016)
Ivan Lendl: 619 (from July 1980 to May 1992)
Pete Sampras: 565 (September 1990 to July 2001)
Novak Djokovic: 555 (March 2007 to October 2017)
Rafael Nadal aims for the top: the main records of 2022
Rafael Nadal proved once again this year that he is a living legend of the sport.
Despite the usual physical problems, the Spaniard managed to win two Grand Slams. By winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the 36-year-old from Manacor lengthened Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Majors rankings, setting a truly incredible record for men’s tennis.
The Serbian closed the gap by winning his seventh Wimbledon in the summer and the fight between the two will continue with no holds barred in 2023. Rafa’s performance dropped in the second half of the season, also due to the torn abs he suffered at Wimbledon.
The Spaniard was unable to play the semifinal of the Championships against Nick Kyrgios and presented himself at the US Open in precarious conditions, already stopping in the round of 16 against the host Frances Tiafoe. The former ATP number 1 has been training hard in recent weeks and will take part in the inaugural edition of the United Cup.
The Majorcan will then travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open, where he will be called to defend his title. Nadal willl be the protagonist non only in the much awaited Australian Swing, but also in the other 2023 Slams; from the Roland Garros, to Wimbledon and the US Open.