World No.2, Rafael Nadal claimed his record-equaling 20th Grand Slam at the French Open last year to match the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer‘s 20 Majors in the Grand Slam tally. However, this time the Spaniard has left the Swiss way too behind in this fascinating record.
Recently, Nadal became the first player to complete 800 weeks in the top 10 of the ATP rankings; leaving the chasing pack behind him – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Nadal broke the record of Jimmy Connors of staying in the top 10 for the most consecutive weeks earlier in November last year and now the Spaniard has managed to remain inside the top 10 for 800 weeks which is equivalent to 5,600 days! Connors remained inside the top 10 for a total of 789 consecutive weeks. Federer is third on the list who was there in the top 10 for 734 straight weeks.
Nadal’s journey inside the top 10 has spanned over 15 years
Nadal became the World No.1 for the first time in August 2008 by dethroning Federer after he held the spot for 237 consecutive weeks. The Spaniard has been the World No.2 for a total of 361 weeks and is still on that spot. Almost three-fourth of his 800 weeks’ distribution is when Nadal has been either No.1 or No.2.
Nadal has had his days on spots apart from the top two as well; the Spaniard was on third, fourth, and fifth place for 57, 54, and 66 weeks respectively. He even stayed on the tenth place for a period of 9 weeks in this span.
Fans are now predicting that Rafa can even manage to remain inside the top 10 for 1,000 consecutive weeks. It’ll require another four years and the World No.2 will be 37 by that time. It is definitely an incredible accomplishment and any player will hardly come any close to it ever.