Rafael Nadal joins Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez on the special list


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Rafael Nadal joins Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez on the special list

Rafael Nadal has been the best player of the season so far and he has extended his lead over Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev following the 33rd Masters 1000 title that he won on Sunday in Toronto.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is spending his 185th week at the top of the ATP rankings and he has achieved another huge milestone this week, becoming only the fourth active player with 800 consecutive weeks in the Top 100! Roger Federer tops the standings with 984 weeks, entering the Top 100 in October 1999 and staying there ever since.

His coeval Feliciano Lopez is the second with 841 weeks in the elite group, two more than his compatriot David Ferrer who is on 839. After more than 16 years without leaving the Top 100, Ferrer will drop out next week after a miserable run so far in 2018 and 360 points that he failed to defend from Cincinnati last year, and he will be replaced in the third place by Nadal who celebrates his 800th week in a row in the Top 100! The 17-time Grand Slam champion has been ranked inside the Top 10 since April 2005 and his amazing consistency could have been noticed from the very early days on the Tour, standing stronger, more motivated and skilled than much more experienced rivals.

Two years earlier, Rafa had entered the Top 100 still at the age of 16 (he has spent half of his life among world's leading 100 players) after opening the 2003 season with four Challenger finals and the third round at Monte Carlo, becoming by far the youngest player who has scored two Masters 1000 wins at the same tournament.

The rest is pretty much history, as the youngster claimed 14 ATP wins overall that season to wrap up the year inside the Top 50 at the age of 17 years and six months, the fourth youngest who has achieved that after Michael Chang, Aaron Krickstein and Bjorn Borg.

Despite some injuries in 2004, Nadal's place in the Top 100 was never in doubt and he hit an even higher level in 2005, leaving all the rivals far behind him on the list with the most consecutive weeks in the Top 10, aiming to stay there for a few more years if he maintains at least 70% of his 2018 form. The list of players with the most consecutive weeks in the Top 100:

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