Rafael Nadal, a 22-time Major winner, is currently in the top three for the 673rd consecutive week. The Spaniard is now the second player in the chosen group to have spent that many weeks, leaving Novak Djokovic on 672 and 77 spots behind Roger Federer for the record.
For the remainder of the season, Nadal won’t have any points to defend, giving him a good chance to finish in the top three and spend more time there. After winning his first Major championship at the 2005 Roland Garros, Nadal climbed into the top 3. Rafa accomplished that just a few days after turning 19, and the fact that he is still a member of that team more than 17 years later attests to his extraordinary consistency.
In 2022, Nadal will be the second-strongest link on the men’s Tour, trailing only his fellow countryman Carlos Alcaraz. Rafa started the year off perfectly and won four tournaments despite being injured. He also won two Major titles this year.
The second player with 673 top-3 weeks is Rafael Nadal.
After a stellar start to his career, Rafa maintained his position in the top three from 2005 until 2012.
After joining the organization, the Spaniard struggled with ailments and eventually quit. Prior to having more problems in 2015 and 2016, when he was barely able to stay in the top-10, he made a significant effort in 2013 to go back to where he belonged.
In 2017, Nadal was back to his best, winning four more Parisian titles in the preceding five years and restoring his hegemony at Roland Garros! Rafa only participated in 29 games in 2021, which caused him to lose some distance to his top competitors.
After losing to Djokovic in the Roland Garros semifinal, he participated in two matches before wrapping up the season in August and refocusing on 2022. Following an incredible comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the championship match, Rafa made an impeccable return to capture his second Australian Open title in January.
The Indian Wells final was the Spaniard’s first defeat of the year; he fractured a rib and was out until May. At the Masters 1000 competitions in Madrid and Rome, Rafa was far from at his best; he was still experiencing foot problems.
Nadal overcame all seven challenges in Paris while receiving injections before every match to win the 14th Roland Garros trophy and his 22nd Major! Rafa injured his abdomen and withdrew prior to the Wimbledon semifinal, revealing a seven-millimeter tear.
Prior to the US Open, Nadal only participated in one match and was unable to compete for the fifth New York title after falling to Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round. The day after playing the doubles match with Roger Federer at the Laver Cup, Rafa flew back to Mallorca. The Spaniard is putting a lot of effort into his comeback with the goal of competing in Turin and Paris and vying for the year-end top spot.