Rafael Nadal will celebrate his 900th consecutive top 10 week in four months, making it the number that will endure for some time to come! Nadal is the player with the most consecutive top 10 weeks, entering the elite group in April 2005 and never leaving.
Nadal reached his 800th consecutive week in the top-10 in January last year, joining Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer on that list. In October, Rafa became the only player with 6000 consecutive days in the top-10, setting the record to stay out of Connor’s reach.
16-year-old Nadal started the 2003 season just outside the top-200, playing high-level tennis to overtake one rival after another on the ATP rankings. Despite a serious injury that halted his progress in spring 2004, Nadal won the first ATP title in Sopot in August and helped Spain secure the season-ending Davis Cup title.
With a boost on his side, Rafa became one of the world’s best players in 2005, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open before conquering Costa do Sauipe and Acapulco on the beloved clay.
Rafael Nadal celebrated 6000 consecutive days in the top-10 last year.
The best was yet to come for an extraordinary teenager after he was two points away from winning the Miami crown against Roger Federer.
Nadal lifted the first Masters 1000 trophy a few weeks later in Monte Carlo to write history books. Hungry for more, Rafa went non-stop to Barcelona and defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in the best-of-five final to secure another title and an extra 300 points, propelling him into the top-10 for the first time!
At 18 years and 10 months, Rafa became the eighth youngest top-10 player since the ATP rankings began in 1973. He joined Aaron Krickstein, Michael Chang, Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Andre Agassi and Andrei Medvedev List.
Never leaving the exclusive group, Nadal is counting down one great, or at least reliable, season after another to amass nearly 900 top 10 weeks in a unique milestone. During his darkest seasons in 2015 and 2016, Rafa struggled with injuries and stayed away from Major titles.
He battled the rivals from the front and just barely stayed in the top 10. Rafa returned at his best in 2017 and was classified in an exclusive group with no significant casualties. He joined Federer in October 2020 with 20 Major crowns, overtaking Federer and Djokovic after winning two Major titles that year.
Rafa is chasing third at the US Open, reaching round four and hoping for more of the same next week. Nadal is the favorite for the ATP throne after New York at 36 years and three months.