Rafael Nadal has been having fantastic year tennis wise. Even after appearing for selective tournaments, the 34-year-old has managed to break a couple of records this year: the most recent one being, the most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings.
Nadal broke the record, previously held by Jimmy Connors of the most successful weeks spent in the ATP top 10. He first entered into the top 10 on April 25, 2005, after winning the first of his 11 titles in Barcelona and he has not left since. He did it at the young age of 18, just one more before capturing his first Grand Slam championship crown at 2005 Roland Garros.
The Spaniard has now spent 790 consecutive weeks in the top 10, breaking Connors’ record of 789 weeks. Connors’ record ran for a long time from August 23, 1973, until September 25, 1988. After that, Roger Federer is third in the list with 734 weeks from October 14, 2002, until October 31, 2016.
The 34-year-old crossed Roger Federer’s mark of 734 consecutive weeks on 22 May 2019 after winning a record-extending ninth Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, after defeating Djokovic.
A Year Of Breaking Records For World Number Two Nadal
Apart from Nadal’s longevity in the top 10, his position is also quite impressive. The current world number two has spent 81 per cent of his time in the top 10 at either No.01 (209 weeks) or No.02 (351 weeks) in the world.
Moreover, he has spent 57 weeks as world No.03, 54 weeks No.04 and 66 weeks as world No.05. This implies that 93 per cent of his time in the top 10 has been spent in the top five!
Apart from this, the Spaniard has got several other records under his name too. He recently became the fourth player in history to reach 1,000 ATP Tour wins, the first three being Connors, Federer and Ivan Lendl on the landmark.
The legend also won his record 13th Rolland Garros trophy this year and captured a record-equaling 20th Grand Slam with Roger Federer.