Rafael Nadal became the top Spanish player in 2005. Rafa put in an incredible season as a teenager, claiming his first Major crown and adding four Masters 1000 trophies to his tally. It took Nadal a few years to become the most successful Spanish player in history.
He held back all his countrymen, urging them to work harder and follow his pace. Rafa has been the top-ranked Spanish player every week since 2005, but 38 in 2013 and 2015 when David Ferrer took charge and was Spain’s no.
1 player. On October 5, 2015, Ferrer was ranked number 1 in the world. 7 and was one place above Nadal, who overtook him the following week. Rafa has been the top-seeded Spaniard ever since and that could change next week for the first time in almost seven years!
If Carlos Alcaraz reaches the final of the Canada Masters this week, he will collect 600 points and improve his tally to 5635 points. Nadal stands at 5620 and becomes the Spanish world No. 1. 2 if Alcaraz wins four games in Montreal.
Rafael Nadal is less than 600 points ahead of Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP rankings.
Rafa and Carlos are the leaders of the ATP Race to Turin ahead of Montreal and the No. 1 at the end of the year.
1 contender. Nadal leads the field with 5620 points after winning two Major titles. Rafa missed the second half of 2021 due to a foot injury and made a perfect comeback this year. He clinched three consecutive titles earlier in the season, including his first Australian Open crown in 13 years.
With a boost on his side, Nadal lifted the trophy in Acapulco and advanced to the Indian Wells final. He played it with a broken rib and lost to Taylor Fritz in straight sets. Rafa missed Monte Carlo and Barcelona and didn’t play well in Madrid and Rome.
Raising his level in the most significant scene, he secured his 14th Roland Garros title after defeating Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud. Eager to continue that run at Wimbledon, Nadal reached their third consecutive All England Club semi-final before withdrawing with an abdominal injury ahead of the Nick Kyrgios clash.
Rafa retired from Montreal and will do his best to recover ahead of the US Open. Carlos Alcaraz has shown his full potential this year, winning two Masters 1000 titles and becoming one of the youngest top four players since 1973.
The youngster has won 42 of 49 matches this year and will overtake Nadal for the first time in the ATP rankings if he has four more triumphs in Canada. Carlos meets Tommy Paul in the second round.