Rafael Nadal is back inside the top-2, enjoying his 580th week in the exclusive group. Rafa is in his best position since May 2021, looking good to wrap up the year in the top-2 as he has nothing to defend in the rest of the year.
At 36 years and four months, Rafa is the third-oldest top-2 player since 1973, moving closer to Ken Rosewall and Roger Federer, the only players left in front of him. Also, Nadal is back inside the top-2 over 17 years after cracking the group for the first time, earning another record that will take some beating in the future!
Rafa tops the charts ahead of Roger Federer, as the Swiss had 15 years between the first and last top-2 appearance. Novak Djokovic stands third with 12 seasons, followed by Jimmy Connors, who is on 11. Nadal claimed 11 ATP titles in 2005, including Roland Garros and four Masters 1000 crowns.
He turned 19 in June and became Roger Federer's closest rival at the top. Rafa found himself in the top-2 at the end of July and stayed there for four years to kick off a notable streak at such a young age. Recovering from an injury, Rafa returned to the top in 2013, conquering the year-end no.
1 honor and staying in the top-2 until the end of 2014. Nadal struggled with injuries and a lack of form in 2015 and 2016, barely staying in the top-10 and drifting away from the leading positions. Nadal bounced back in 2017 and claimed two Major titles to become the world's leading player.
Rafa finished as the year-end no. 1 player for the first time since 2013 and gathered a boost for the upcoming seasons.
Rafael Nadal has been a top-2 contender for over 17 years.
Nadal secured four year-end top-2 honors between 2017 and 2020 to extend his run and become the player with the most weeks in the top-2 since the start of the ranking in 1973!
Rafa could not repeat that in 2021, playing only 29 matches and missing the season's second part. As many times before, Nadal bounced back in 2022 to extend his remarkable career and write history books. Rafa won his opening 20 matches and conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros to stand on 22 Majors.
Nadal is 2nd in the ATP Race behind Carlos Alcaraz, hoping to wrap up another season in the year-end top-2, 17 years after achieving that for the first time at 19. The Spaniard has been dealing with an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, and he hopes to compete in Paris and Turin in the season's closing weeks.