Rafael Nadal owns some of the most impressive records in the game and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick was asked to pick between a two astonishing Nadal records. On April 25, 2005, an 18-year-old Nadal entered the top-10 for the first time in his career.
This Monday, it was the 17th anniversary of Nadal breaking into the top-10. Nadal still being a top-10 player 17 years later is impressive but the fact that he hasn't left the top-10 since entering it it absolutely stunning.
On Monday, Roddick reacted to the stat by tweeting: "This is absurd."
Roddick on which Nadal record is more impressive
Nadal captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the 2005 French Open. 17 years later, Nadal is a record 13-time French Open champion.
"@andyroddick what’s more impressive: Rafa’s years in the top 10 or his 13 French Open titles? It’s close!" a fan asked Roddick. Roddick answered: "French Opens. For context the all time slams record was Pete’s 14 before this trio.
Measure that against just Rafas French Opens. It’s insane."
Meanwhile, Nadal is still recovering from a rib stress fracture he sustained in Indian Wells.
French Opens. For context the all time slams record was Pete’s 14 before this trio. Measure that against just Rafas French Opens. It’s insane. — andyroddick (@andyroddick) April 25, 2022
Nadal missed the beginning of the clay season as he was forced to skip Monte Carlo and Barcelona. However, Nadal is hoping to return to action next week in Madrid. "I think so. Rafa told me that he expected to play in Madrid.
There are 15 days left to see if everything is progressing correctly and if he can be in really good shape. Otherwise it could be complicated for Roland‐Garros which is its main objective," Toni Nadal told RTVE. Nadal is already behind in his preparation for the French Open and missing Madrid would put him in an unfavorable spot. Nadal has had a great season so far as he is hoping to win a record 22nd Grand Slam at the French Open.