'Rafael Nadal has the right to...', says ATP ace



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'Rafael Nadal has the right to...', says ATP ace

Novak Djokovic has moved away from the first planes in the ATP ranking, but that does not prevent him from continuing to enjoy one of the great records of white sport. Although he now appears as number seven in the world, the Serbian tennis player is the one who has spent the longest time in the position of honor of the men's ranking.

But “Nole”, 35, continues to comfortably dominate a ranking that both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seem to have already given up on. 'Nole' keeps intact his record of 373 weeks as number one in the world, the maximum in the history of "white sport"

It should be noted that for now it will be impossible for him to recover his privileged position at least until the end of the year. In second place in the classification appears the Swiss Roger Federer with 310 weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.

Although he is still active, it is more than clear that the "express" will not be the leader of the men's circuit again, both because of the issue of age and because of how reduced his schedule will be in this final part of his career.

The third and last place on the podium is occupied by the American legend Pete Sampras, who spent a total of 286 weeks in the position of honor. Further back come two other players who have already retired, such as Ivan Lendl and Jimmy Connors, with 270 and 268 weeks as world number one.

Only until the sixth box does the Spanish Rafael Nadal appear with 209. Although in his case it is likely that he could be the leader of the ranking again, it is not likely that at some point he could endanger the Serbian's record.

Novak Djokovic takes a break, but that does not prevent him from comfortably dominating one of the great classifications of "white sport" Do you think 'Nole' can be number one in the world again in the remainder of 2022?

Fritz opens up on Rafa Nadal

In a recent Citi Open Instagram live, Taylor Fritz disagreed with the idea that he should have taken Rafael Nadal's place in the semifinals.

“If I wanted to be in the semifinal, I should’ve beaten him. It’s as simple as that. If I didn’t beat him, I shouldn’t be moving on. I don’t deserve to be in the next match. It is what it is. He has the right to pull out”. , Fritz was quoted as saying.