Rafael Nadal’s chances of reaching No. 1 are jeopardized by an early exit.

After the US Open, five players were vying for the ATP title. After suffering an early defeat in New York, Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from the contest, leaving Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, and Casper Ruud as the remaining contenders.

In the fourth round, Nick Kyrgios defeated the defending champion Medvedev, while Nadal, Alcaraz, and Ruud continued to compete. Prior to the competition, Nadal had a sizable advantage, but two up-and-comers have cut it in half and are now only one victory behind him!

Rafa’s fourth-round loss against Frances Tiafoe by scores of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 put his chances of regaining the world number one ranking for the first time since early 2000 in jeopardy. In three hours and 34 minutes, the American defeated the Spaniard by playing aggressive tennis and winning the important points.

After the US Open, Rafael Nadal still aspires to hold the top spot in the world.

The home favorite made 28 unforced errors, 49 winners, and five breaks that sent him over the top. Despite having a 3-1 lead in the fourth set, Nadal only managed two breaks, not enough to force a match-deciding match.

Frances maintained composure and won five straight games to advance to his first US Open quarterfinal and take the lead. Rafa desperately wanted to win that game in order to put Alcaraz and Ruud under additional strain. If Nadal had risen to 5990 points, his competitors would have needed to triumph to overtake him and take the lead.

The veteran received one honor. Rafa, however, remained at 5810 points, and Carlos and Casper will overtake him on Friday if they win the US Open. Ruud competes against Karen Khachanov, while Alcaraz takes on Frances Tiafoe. If they triumph today, the Spaniard and the Norwegian will leave Nadal behind and choose the next no.

if they make it to the title match, 1 player! Ruud defeated Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals by winning sets one and two and pulling off a comeback in set three to win the match and keep his title chances alive. Alcaraz defeated Jannik Sinner with scores of 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, and 6-3 after spending five hours and fifteen minutes on the court.

The Spaniard successfully avoided a match point in the fourth set to advance to his first Major semi-final. At 36 years and three months old, Nadal would overtake Roger Federer as the second-oldest world number one if Alcaraz and Ruud lose on Friday.