Tennis: Rafa Nadal is heading straight for number 1

RAny No.1 position in the ATP rankings is something that Rafa Nadal didn’t have more than one of his main goals, but the situation has placed the Spaniards tennis Player close to returning to the throne, a privileged position he last relinquished in February 2020.

His triumph at Roland Garros boosted his ambitions and all that remained was hope that his chronic foot injury would improve and allow him to continue competing this season.

Nadal recovered and competed at Wimbledon three years after his last appearance, except the tournament did not award ranking points in that edition, which would have helped him climb further up the rankings.

Despite Rafa’s abdominal injury preventing him from playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios was the one who took a hit in terms of rankings Novak Djokovic.

The current No.1, Daniel MedvedevHe has predicted his Spanish counterpart could become No. 1 again by the end of 2022.

“I know Rafa will probably be number one at the end of the year if I don’t try to win every remaining tournament,” Medvedev told ATP.

The Russian tennis player has to defend his 1,000 points he won in Canada last year and then the same at the US Open (2,000).

Now he competes in Los Cabos and then goes to Canada, Cincinnati and New York.

Nadal’s calendar

But what Medvedev says is logical given that Rafa, who has featured in only eight tournaments this year (four titles and five finals), only took part in two games in Washington last season after Roland Garros.

That means he will practically only calculate until the end of the season.

On the Americas tour, he plans to attend the Masters 1000 in Montreal and then go to the US Open, skipping Cincinnati.

He hasn’t played in Canada and Cincinnati since 2013 as he prefers not to play a tournament in the week leading up to a Grand Slam.

Most likely after the US Open

It should be noted that in the 2022 race, Nadal is currently No. 1 with 5,620 points, followed by Carlos Alcaraz (4,270).

If we look directly at the overall standings, Nadal is 685 points behind Zverev and 1,460 points behind Medvedev.

The math says the 22nd Grand Slam winner could climb to the top of the ATP rankings as early as August 22 after Cincinnati even if he doesn’t play.

for that to happen Medvedev would have to have some disastrous tournaments.

The most realistic scenario would be to regain the throne after the US Open as Rafa will play for 2,000 points there.

Medvedev will fight for 4,250 points and defend 3,860 throughout the American Tour.

In the meantime, Djokovic would be out of any discussion by next season as to whether he should finally not be allowed to take part in the US Open.

Not counting Wimbledon also meant he missed this year’s Australian Open, which Nadal won, so he’s having a year of consistent points losses.

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