With 6225 points scored so far in 2019 and a 37-2 score, Rafael Nadal has been the leader of the ATP Race, almost 800 clear of Novak Djokovic in the second place. Nadal was the finalist at the Australian Open and the semi-finalist at Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, not enjoying the best campaign on clay before conquering Rome and Roland Garros to add 3000 clear points to his tally and move in front of Novak.
For the sixth time in a row at Majors, Nadal is through to the semi-final (his career-best streak) at Wimbledon following a victory over Sam Querrey and it was enough to earn enough points and qualify for the ATP Finals for the record-breaking 15th straight year!
To play an elite ATP tournament once in a career, you have to beat almost all other rivals on the Tour in particular season, which is never easy, but to do that for 15 years in a row is something remarkable that only Nadal has managed to achieve in every season since 2005!
In that year, the 19-year-old Spaniard became world no. 2 after a great run on clay and the first Major crown at Roland Garros, battling with Roger Federer and later Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to keep himself in the top-10 since April 2005.
Rafa has never missed a chance to add his name to the passengers' list for the ATP Finals despite numerous troubles with injuries, qualifying in 15 years although he has played event only eight times so far, never managing to win the title.
Rafa is the third player who has qualified for the ATP Finals that many times, with Roger Federer (he should be in London as well) and Jimmy Connors doing that on 16 occasions, recovering his game after that troubled period in 2015-16 and occupying some of the leading positions in the ranking for the last two and a half years.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are next in the line for London, with Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas sitting in the fourth and fifth spots at the moment despite an early exit at Wimbledon.