Rafael Nadal moves closer to Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal gets closer to Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal broke the top-3 after his first Major title at Roland Garros in 2005. Rafa achieved that a few days after he was 19 and he’s still a part of that group 17 years later! The 36-year-old Spaniard is enjoying his 669th top-3 week, putting him three behind Novak Djokovic who has accumulated 672.

Both players still have to work hard if they want to take on Roger Federer, the leader with 750 top 3 weeks! Novak missed two Majors in 2022 and failed to earn 2000 points for winning Wimbledon. Those setbacks pushed him out of the top 5 and he needs good results for the rest of the season to get back there.

Nadal is the second strongest link on the men’s tour in 2022 after Carlos Alcaraz, winning two major titles and has no points to defend for the rest of the year. Nadal looks good to end the year in the top-3 and move ahead of Novak on that list.

Rafael Nadal has accumulated 669 top 3 weeks since 2005.

Rafa remained in the top-3 between 2005 and 2012, struggling with injuries and exiting said group. He made a big push in 2013 before struggling further in 2015 and 2016 when he struggled to stay in the top-10.

Nadal was back at his best in 2017, regaining his Roland Garros dominance and clinching four more Parisian titles in the last five years. Rafa made just 29 appearances in 2021, losing some ground to rivals at the top.

After losing to Djokovic in the Roland Garros semifinals, he only made two appearances and ended the season in August to focus on 2022. Rafa made a perfect return to claim his second Australian Open crown after an epic comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the title clash.

The Spaniard suffered his first defeat of the season in the Indian Wells final, breaking a rib and not playing until May. Rafa has been far from his best in Madrid and Rome, struggling to find his A-game and still struggling with a sore foot.

Nadal received injections before every game and overcame all seven obstacles in Paris to claim the 14th Roland Garros crown and his 22nd Major! Rafa was forced to withdraw ahead of the Wimbledon semi-final, injuring his abdomen and revealing a seven-millimeter tear.

Playing just one match before the US Open, Nadal failed to fight for the fifth New York crown as he lost to Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round. Rafa played the doubles alongside Roger Federer at the Laver Cup and will sit out for a couple of weeks as he and his wife are expecting their first child.

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