Roger Federer is not alone! Rafael Nadal joins him on a massive record

Roger Federer is not alone! Rafael Nadal joins him with a massive record

Getting into the top 50 shouldn’t be a problem for talented and hard-working players, even in the strongest eras. Rafael Nadal wasted no time in breaking through the ATP rankings, cracking the top-50 for the first time in August 2003, just after turning 17!

Nadal lost some ground in 2004 after a bad injury, standing in 50th place for a few months and starting all over again in 2005. Nadal has been consistently ranked within the top-50 since January 31, 2005, improving his position after rock -solid results and world no.

2 at the end of the season thanks to a Major and four Masters 1000 titles on his tally! Nadal has never left the top 10 group since entering in April 2005, setting many ranking records and finishing No. 1 at the end of the year. 1 five years, last in 2019.

Rafael Nadal celebrates 900 consecutive weeks in the top-50.

Rafa celebrates a massive ranking record this week, becoming the second player with 900 consecutive top 50 weeks and joining Roger Federer on the exclusive list.

A player needs to spend over 17.5 years in the top 50 to reach that number, which is easier said than done. After 20 years on the Tour, despite all the injuries and setbacks, Nadal is still among the world’s best players at 36.

The Spaniard has not had a great run in 2021, making just 29 appearances and failing to win a Major title for only the third year since 2005! Rafa missed the second part of the season with a foot injury and made an incredible return in 2022.

Not knowing what to expect and how his body would react, Nadal went all the way in the first Major of the season at the Australian Open, celebrating in Australia for the first time in 13 years! With a boost on his side, Rafa conquered Acapulco and advanced to the Indian Wells final.

The Spaniard broke a rib in the desert, missing April action and his beloved tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Out of form and with persistent foot pain, Rafa suffered early defeats in Madrid and Rome, casting dark clouds over his chances at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard needed injections to clear the best-of-five obstacles in Paris and he overcame all the challenges to claim the 14th Roland Garros crown. Rafa has been struggling with an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, withdrawing from the All England Club and suffering a US Open fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe.

Nadal and his wife are expecting their first child in the coming weeks and Rafa is set to be back on the pitch by the end of the season.

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