Rafael Nadal drops out of top-2, as Daniil Medvedev writes history

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Rafael Nadal drops out of top-2, as Daniil Medvedev writes history

On July 24, 2005, Rafael Nadal claimed the title in Stuttgart, grabbed 250 ATP points and become world no. 2 on the next day. A teenager passed Lleyton Hewitt on the ATP list to officially become Roger Federer's closest rival, leaving all other opponents behind him following incredible results in the last couple of months.

Roger and Rafa were the players to beat in the next couple of years, keeping everyone else far from the top-2 positions. Andy Murray changed that in 2009, with Novak Djokovic following a few months later at the beginning of 2010.

Those four players have been the only top-2 stars since the mentioned July 2005, dominating the ranking charts like no one before them and locking the top-2 list for the next 15 and a half years! That will all change on March 15 when Daniil Medvedev passes Rafael Nadal on the list to become the fifth active world no.

2! On that Monday, Nadal will drop 180 points from Indian Wells 2019, and that's enough for Medvedev to move in front of him and become Novak Djokovic's closest rival.

Daniil Medvedev will replace Rafael Nadal in top-2 on March 15.

Daniil missed a chance to pass Rafa at the Australian Open and this week, suffering the final defeat to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne and an early exit as the top seed in Rotterdam.

Despite that, Daniil is guaranteed to enter the top-2 and crown his incredible form from a recent couple of months. The three-time Masters 1000 champion and the ATP Finals winner is currently on respectable 9735 points, achieved only by a couple of players since 2009.

The Russian claimed 20 straight victories since the last year's Paris Masters, winning three notable titles and reaching the second Major final at the Australian Open. Daniil lost that one to Djokovic in straight sets but has done enough to achieve the ranking milestone and become the 38th top-2 player since 1973.

Nadal returned into the top-2 after the Roland Garros 2017 and has stayed there ever since, embracing 174 consecutive weeks in the exclusive group for the sixth-best streak. Rafa had a chance to remain in the top-2 for a couple of more weeks, leading two sets to love against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarter-final before falling in five sets.