Rafael Nadal has just achieved a new milestone: 373 weeks as number 2 in the world. Interestingly, Novak Djokovic has been number one in the world for 373 weeks so far, an ATP record. Compared to Djokovic, Nadal has spent just 209 weeks as world number one so far.
«Novak Djokovic has spent an ATP record 373 weeks as World No. 1 as of Monday, October 17: Rafael Nadal has spent an ATP record 373 weeks as World No. 2,» a tennis analyst tweeted.
Novak Djokovic has spent an ATP record 373 weeks as World No. 1
Starting Monday, October 17:
Rafael Nadal has spent an ATP record 373 weeks as the #2 in the world: Vansh (@vanshv2k) October 17, 2022
Nadal also matched Djokovic for another record
On Monday, Nadal joined Djokovic in 672 weeks in the top 3, with two legends sharing second place behind Roger Federer, who tops the charts with 750.
After his first Major title at Roland Garros in 2005, Nadal climbed into the top three. Rafa accomplished this a few days after his 19th birthday, and he is still a member of that club almost 17 years later! Nadal is the second strongest link on the Men’s Tour in 2022, behind only his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz.
Rafa won two Majors this year and will have no points to defend for the rest of the year. Nadal will almost definitely finish the year in the top three, overtaking Djokovic on that list. Read more: Rafael Nadal equals Novak Djokovic’s record.
On the other hand, Novak Djokovic recently surpassed Rafael Nadal’s single surface record. After winning two titles in a row on hard courts this year, in Tel Aviv and Astana, Novak Djokovic overtook Rafael Nadal and moved closer to Roger Federer in the rankings for the most titles on a single surface.
Here is the classification:
- Roger Federer – hard court: 71 titles;
- Novak Djokovic – hard court: 64 titles;
- Rafael Nadal – clay court: 63 titles.
According to the ranking, Novak Djokovic needs to capture 8 more titles on hard courts in his career to surpass Roger Federer’s record. Djokovic’s next tournament is the Paris Masters. After that, Djokovic will play at the ATP Finals in Turin.