Rafael Nadal is definitely the absolute protagonist of the year so far, making himself the author of one of the best starts of his entire career as a professional tennis player. With the excellent victory over the British Cameron Norrie, in the final of the Acapulco tournament in Mexico, the Spaniard has conquered another important affirmation and has secured the fourth position in the world ranking from next week, overcoming the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and climbing to 6515 points (warned all his opponents, including the very first in the standings).
So far the winner of 21 Grand Slam events has won 15 consecutive games and is only two races away from rivaling the splendid start to the season of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (17-0), respectively in 2018 and 1997. It seems more complicated to overcome the series of Serbian Novak Djokovic, author of a sharp 17-0 in 2013 and an impressive 41-0 in the magical year 2011.
Improved records and updated numbers
The Iberian has improved and updated all his splendid records: with the 91st triumph in the Open era, he remained in fourth position in this special ranking, getting even closer to Ivan Lendl (94) and outdistancing Nole, who is still at 86.
At the moment the first two places are far away, occupied by Jimmy Connors (109) and Federer (103). Significantly improved statistics for the Manacor native and Nadal outlasted Novak Djokovic in the percentage of successes conquered in the Open era, with 83.31% compared to 83.21% of the Serbian.
In the third place the Swedish Bjorn Borg with 82.36% and King Roger with 82.08%. In addition, Rafa is very close to reaching Federer as the tennis player with the greatest number of triumphs in ATP 500 competitions. In this ranking in the top positions there are all the Big Three, with the Swiss in the lead at 24 but the Spaniard rose to 23.
The Serbian is far behind with 14. The fight for the GOAT has therefore rekindled further, with the Spaniard who he sent other important signals to the two rival friends, taking home the AOs and two other tournaments in just under two months.
So, it is a truly spectacular start to the season, with the unbeaten track remaining on the pitch at the end of the first two months and three ATP titles already won, including the prestigious Australian Open trophy.