Rafael Nadal will celebrate his 900th consecutive week in the top 10 in four months, reaching the number that will be surpassed in the future! Nadal is the player with the most consecutive weeks in the top 10, he entered the elite group in April 2005 and never left.
Nadal achieved his 800th consecutive week in the top 10 in January of last year, joining Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer on that list. In October, Rafa became the only player with 6,000 consecutive days in the top-10, setting the record that was beyond Connors’ reach.
The 16-year-old Nadal entered the 2003 season outside the top 200, playing high-level tennis to topple rival after rival on the ATP Rankings list. Despite a nasty injury that halted his progress in the spring of 2004, Nadal won the first ATP title in Sopot in August and helped Spain secure the Davis Cup title at the end of the season.
With momentum on his side, Rafa became one of the best players in the world in 2005, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open before conquering Costa do Sauipe and Acapulco on the beloved clay.
Rafael Nadal celebrated 6,000 consecutive days in the top 10 last year.
The best was yet to come for an extraordinary teenager after coming within two points of winning the Miami crown against Roger Federer.
Nadal lifted the first Masters 1000 trophy in Monte Carlo a few weeks later to write history books. Hungry for more, Rafa headed to Barcelona relentlessly and defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in the best-of-five final to secure another title and an additional 300 points that propelled him into the top 10 for the first time.
At 18 years and ten months, Rafa became the eighth youngest player in the top 10 since the beginning of the ATP rankings in 1973. He joined Aaron Krickstein, Michael Chang, Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Andre Agassi and Andrei Medvedev on that list
Nadal has never left the exclusive group, counting down one terrific or at least reliable season after another to put together almost 900 weeks in the top 10 in a single milestone. In his darkest seasons in 2015 and 2016, Rafa dealt with injuries and stayed away from major titles.
He battled rivals from above and barely stayed in the top-10. Going back to his best moment in 2017, Rafa has qualified in an exclusive group without significant drops. He joined Federer for 20 Major crowns in October 2020 and surpassed Federer and Djokovic after winning two Major titles this year.
Rafa is chasing third at the US Open, reaching the fourth round and hoping for more of the same in the week ahead. Nadal is the favorite to take the ATP throne after New York at 36 years and three months.