Rafael Nadal is “one in a million,” according to ATP star

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Rafael Nadal treated himself to some significant pleasures in 2022. The Spanish winner had a fantastic year and took home two Grand Slam championships. Many people thought Rafa was doomed, in a rapid decline as a result of his ongoing ailments, but Rafa came back stronger than ever, taking home 22 Grand Slam trophies and winning numerous tournaments.

The number one player in the world and consistent leader in recent years, Novak Djokovic, and Rafa continue to compete against one another despite the passage of time. The two tennis players presently share the record most Grand Slam trophies, each having won 22 of them.

Rafa was technically still in the running for the top spot at the start of the season, but a crushing loss in the second round of the Australian Open cost the Spaniard many points, and things have become worse in recent weeks.

In the upcoming weeks, beginning with the North American tour with the events in Indian Wells and Miami, the situation—in which Nadal has fallen out of the world’s Top 5—could grow considerably worse. Rafa might even drop out of the top ten players in the world, which hasn’t happened since April 2005.

In addition to his age, of course, Rafa Nadal‘s injury, which is one of several that have kept him from competing in recent months, is the main reason for his decline in the rankings. This week, the Spaniard forfeits the 500 points he earned from the Acapulco tournament last year.

Rublev has already passed Nadal in the rankings, and conceivably Felix Auger Aliassime might also pass the Iberian legend (depending on the outcome of the ATP tournament in Doha). Jannik Sinner will also determine whether Rafael Nadal remains in the top ten.

The Italian and the Pole Hubert Hurkacz are two tennis players who compete in this week’s Marseille tournament and are slightly outside the Top Ten. In Indian Wells, where Nadal would theoretically have to defend up to 600 points, given last year’s final, both may hence accumulate more points, and Nadal could fall out of the Top Ten.

Nadal is “bound” to smash all records.

Feliciano Lopez, Rafael Nadal‘s countryman, thinks the Spaniard is “destined” to shatter every tennis record ever set. “Rafa is a million to one shot. He is a talented individual who was destined to shatter every tennis record that has been and will be.

It is quite simple to refer to a generation led by Rafa as the best generation “said Lopez. There have been good players before him and after him, but most importantly, different ones.