It is not just the 13 titles at Roland Garros and all the triumphs on the clay-courts: Rafael Nadal has built during his career a series of incredible records and exciting statistics, which the cold numbers cannot fully tell. And the Spaniard, at 20 Slams with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, is undoubtedly one of the three most incredible tennis players in the history of tennis.
Rafael Nadal is currently in the box with a foot injury and will remain stationary until the end of the tennis season. Despite this, the Spanish champion continues to reach records and week after week finds increasingly important results.
In this week, precisely last Wednesday, Rafael Nadal reached 6000 consecutive days in the Top-10 of the ATP ranking. Amazing numbers for the tennis player who entered the top 10 in April 2005 and who hasn’t left this particular club since.
Almost extemporaneously Nadal also holds the record for consecutive weeks in the Top Ten, 836, which numbers in hand means that Rafa has been doing this for 16 years. Seeing the statistics consecutively Nadal is ahead of Jimmy Connors at 789, the great rival Roger Federer at 734 Ivan Lendl at 619 and Pete Sampras stopped at 535 weeks. When it comes to the overall number of weeks in the Top Ten, Nadal is on par with Connors but is far behind Roger Federer.
Rafael Nadal and his situation in the standings
Even with the injury, Nadal should remain in the Top-10, barring sensational exploits from rivals. The Spanish tennis player should lose some points (see Indian Wells) but should see sensational exploits by athletes such as Ruud, Hurkacz, Felix Auger Aliassime and our Jannik Sinner, also fighting for the ATP Finals and for a place to enter for the first time in the world Top Ten.
This 2021 saw Rafa have several injuries but at the same time achieve excellent results: after the quarterfinals at the Australian Open Nadal returned to clay where he won Barcelona and Rome but lost in the semifinals at Roland Garros.
Rafa thus interrupted a streak of 33 consecutive victories in Paris. Then Nadal returned to the Washington tournament where he showed a lot of fatigue and lost in the second match to South African Lloyd Harris. A few days later he announced with a video on social media the forfeit not only for the US Open but for the rest of the season, thus closing and postponing everything to 2022.