Rafael Nadal broke into the top-3 after his first Major title at Roland Garros in 2005. Rafa made it a couple of days after his 19th birthday, and he is still part of that group 17 years later. The 36-year-old Spaniard has his 669th week in the top three, three behind Novak Djokovic, who has 672.
Both players still have hard work to do if they want to match Roger Federer, the group leader with 750 weeks in the top three. top three. Novak missed two Majors in 2022 and did not receive 2,000 points for winning Wimbledon.
Those setbacks left him out of the top-5, and he needs good results in the rest of the season to get back there. Nadal is the second strongest link on the Men's Tour in 2022 behind Carlos Alcaraz, having won two Major titles and having no points to defend in the rest of the year.
Nadal looks good to finish the year in the top-3 and jump ahead of Novak on that list. Rafa remained in the top-3 between 2005 and 2012, struggling with injuries and falling out of the aforementioned group. He made a big push in 2013 before experiencing more trouble in 2015 and 2016, when he barely cracked the top-10.
Nadal returned to his best in 2017, regaining dominance from him at Roland Garros and claiming another four Parisian titles in the previous five years. Rafa only played 29 matches in 2021 and lost a bit of ground against top rivals.
Nadal has won two Grand Slams this year
Rafael Nadal made it clear that it was impossible to plan for the future, adding that he tried his best not to think too much about his retirement. "I would like to say goodbye on court, that's for sure.
But you never know what future may bring. And, well, it is obvious that I have also had a very long career, that I feel the love and support of many people all over the world, but we will see how it will be," Nadal said, in comments translated from Spanish into English by Twitter user Genny SS.
"Things cannot be prepared with a lot of time. I don't think life allows you to have a prediction, not even how you want that moment to be. I don't even think about it. It will be as it has to be," Nadal said.
"Impossible to think about what, how, when... I think it's something that when it has to be, it will be, and in that sense, we'll live it the way we have to live it and at the time we have to."