When Rafael Nadal passed Roger Federer’s milestone in terms of popularity

In three months, Rafael Nadal will commemorate his 1000th straight week in the top 100, joining Roger Federer on a staggering ranking record. The player with the most continuous weeks in the mention group is Nadal, who is getting closer to the milestone 1000th consecutive week since Federer left the ATP ranking list in July.

In December 2020, Nadal celebrated his 900th consecutive top-100 week, joining the Swiss and Federer in accomplishing that feat. Consistency has been a hallmark of the 22-time Major champion, who entered the top 100 at the age of 16 in April 2003 and rose to prominence two years later.

The only other player with 900 straight top-100 weeks is Rafael Nadal.

Since joining the elite group following Barcelona in April 2005, Rafa has consistently been placed within the top ten. Nadal is getting closer to his 900th straight top-10 week, a mark that should stand for the foreseeable future.

From outside the top-200 at the beginning of the 2003 season, Rafa won 19 Challenger matches in the first three months and advanced to the third round of the Masters 1000 debut in Monte Carlo! The youngest player in that group, the young Spaniard scored enough points to place himself in the top 100.

Nadal finished the season within the top-50 with victories in Hamburg and Wimbledon, a run to the semifinals in Umag, and the Segovia Challenger championship. Rafa, who is 17 years and 6 months old, joined Bjorn Borg, Aaron Krickstein, and Michael Chang as the top-50 players by year’s end since 1973.

Nadal‘s development was stalled in 2004 by an injury, but he still managed to win the first ATP title and maintain a ranking in the top 50. After one of the best seasons for teens, the Spaniard rose to the No. 2 spot in the world a year later.

In 2005, Nadal won 11 trophies, including four Masters 1000 tournaments and the Roland Garros. Since then, Nadal has maintained his position atop the leaderboard by winning 36 Masters 1000 trophies and 22 Major championships. Rafa, 36, is still one of the best players in the game, having won two Majors in 2022 and nearly taking the world number one spot following the US Open.