Rafael Nadal the player with most weeks in Top-2 in the Open Era

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Rafael Nadal the player with most weeks in Top-2 in the Open Era

Rafael Nadal continues undeterred to break records. The Spaniard, who together with countryman Carlos Alcaraz recently rewrote history, remains firmly at the top of world tennis, as evidenced by his return to number 2 in the ATP ranking.

Nadal who, thanks to this milestone reached, officially becomes the player who has been in the Top-2 for the longest time in the Open Era. To be exact, the account corresponds to 580 weeks, divided into 209 by number 1 and 371 by number 2 in the world.

This is a result that sees him clearly ahead of both Roger Federer (528 weeks) and Novak Djokovic (520 weeks), his two greatest rivals. It was July 25, 2005 when the Majorcan reached the Top-2 for the first time in his career and would not go down until August 17, 2009.

The second record in one hit by Rafa Nadal

In order not to miss anything, Rafael Nadal, with the new arrival in the Top-2, has hit a second memorable goal.

The Manacor champion, in fact, has also become the first player with at least one presence in this sort of 'elite' restricted for 17 years now. With the recent return to second place in the Atp ranking, the Spaniard therefore returns to a position that he had not held since May 2021 and wins the palm of the only tennis player to hold that position for so many years.

Again, Nadal has overtaken the Federer of some time ago, who built a 15-year gap between 2003 and 2018, while Djokovic has increased his number every year since 2010, when he first reached the top of the world rankings.

Returning to current events, it is time to perfect the preparation for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin for Rafael Nadal.

An obligatory step, in this sense, is the presence at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, scheduled from 31 October to 6 November 2022: the Spaniard, unless family unforeseen, should take part in the event, with the aim of try to win one of the few tournaments he has never won so far in his glorious career.

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