Rafael Nadal will celebrate his 1,000th consecutive week in the top 100 in three months, joining Roger Federer in a massive ranking record. With Federer leaving the ATP Rankings list in July, Nadal stands as the player with the most consecutive weeks in the mention group, approaching his 1,000th consecutive week.
Nadal celebrated his 900th consecutive week in the top 100 in December 2020, following in Federer’s footsteps and joining the Swiss in that feat. The 22-time Major champion has been synonymous with consistency, breaking into the top 100 in April 2003 at age 16 and becoming one of the best players in the world two years later.
Rafael Nadal is the second player with 900 consecutive weeks in the top 100.
Rafa has been ranked inside the top-10 since April 2005, entering the exclusive group after Barcelona and never leaving. Nadal is approaching his 900th consecutive week in the top 10, a record that should remain in his hands for the next two decades!
Entering the 2003 season from outside the top 200, Rafa scored 19 Challenger wins in the first three months and reached the third round in his Masters 1000 debut in Monte Carlo. The young Spaniard earned enough points to find himself in the top 100 as by far the youngest player in that group.
Nadal claimed two wins in Hamburg and Wimbledon, advanced to the semi-final in Umag and claimed the title at the Segovia Challenger to finish the season inside the top 50. At 17 years and six months, Rafa became the fourth youngest player in the top 50 first at the end of the year since 1973, after Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein and Bjorn Borg.
An injury halted Nadal’s progress in 2004, but he did enough to stay ranked in the top 50 and claim the first ATP title. The Spaniard became no. 2 a year after one of the brightest seasons for teenagers.
Nadal claimed 11 titles in 2005, including Roland Garros and four Masters 1000 crowns. Nadal has remained at the top ever since, amassing 22 Major titles and 36 Masters 1000 trophies to rank high in the GOAT race. At 36 years old, Rafa is still among the best players in the world, having won two Majors in 2022 and missed the chance to become number one in the world. 1 after the US Open.