Rafael Nadal matches Andre Agassi and moves closer to Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal fits Andre Agassi and moves closer to Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal celebrates two ranking milestones this week. Rafa became the second player with 900 consecutive weeks in the top-50, joining Roger Federer on the exclusive list. Also, the Spaniard collected his 960th top-50 week, matching Andre Agassi and moving closer to Federer, who is still well ahead.

Nadal found himself in the top 50 in August 2003, two months after turning 17! Nadal lost some ground in 2004 after a bad injury, missed the chance to spend the whole year in said group and started all over again in 2005.

Nadal has been in the top 50 since January 31, 2005, improving his position after rock-solid results to become world No. 1. 2 thanks to a Major and four Masters 1000 titles on his tally! Also, Nadal has never left the top 10 group since April 2005, making valuable ranking records and finishing the year-end No. 1.

1 five years, last in 2019.

Rafael Nadal is the third player with 960 top 50 weeks.

After 20 years on the Tour, despite all the injuries and setbacks, Nadal is still among the world’s best players at 36. Over 19 years after entering the top 50, Rafa is still among the best players in the world, finishing second in the ATP race and missing out on a chance to become world no.

1 after the US Open. 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 early 2022.

Nadal has come all the way in the first Major of the season at the Australian Open, celebrating in Melbourne for the first time in 13 years! With a boost on his side, Rafa conquered Acapulco and reached the Indian Wells final after 20 consecutive wins.

The Spaniard broke a rib missing April action and his beloved tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. With lingering foot pain, Rafa suffered early defeats in Madrid and Rome and raised dark clouds ahead of Roland Garros.

The Spaniard needed injections to clear the best-of-five obstacles in Paris. He overcame all challenges and defeated Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud to claim the 14th Roland Garros crown. Rafa has been struggling with an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, withdrew from the All England Club before the semi-finals and suffered 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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