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Rafael Nadal is at 6,000, according to a former Top 10 player.
At the age of 18, Rafael Nadal entered the top-10 in April 2005 after taking first place in the ATP 500 in Barcelona the previous day. Since then, Rafa has spent more than 900 straight weeks in the top 10, establishing one of the most remarkable records in tennis history.
The 36-year-old Spaniard, who must defend his 600-point victory from last year’s Indian Wells final, will likely fall outside the top 10 for the first time in 18 years in March. After dropping 500 points from Acapulco, Rafa is now in seventh place in the current ATP rankings.
After Indian Wells, he will tumble out of the top-10 with 600 less points, ending his remarkable run. In Melbourne, Nadal had a left hip injury that cost him about 2,000 points and assured him a spot in the top 10. Ahead of the first Masters 1000 of the season, the Spaniard withdrew from Doha and Dubai and is still not participating in any training sessions.
Rafa will decide on Indian Wells after more testing, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to contend for the title there after all the difficulty since last July. After Wimbledon, the 22-time Major champion has only participated in 13 matches, recording a record of five victories and eight defeats.
For the first time since 2009, Rafa lost four straight matches after an early loss at the US Open. At the beginning of the new season, things did not go better in the United Cup, as Nadal lost both matches set in set.
Rafa arrived in Melbourne in an unprepared state after months of injury struggles and an incident against McDonald at Rod Laver Arena. The Spanish was defeated by the American in straight sets, marking Rafa’s first Major loss since 2016.
With eight chances, the American generated five breaks while dropping serve twice to win. In the opening games of games one and five, he dominated the defending champion 4-1 in less than 20 minutes.
Berrettini remarks regarding Nadal
Rafael Nadal is fascinating for more reasons than just his court performances.
In an interview with Corriere Dello Sport, Matteo Berrettini joked around while discussing the tenacity and dynamism the 22-time Grand Slam champion demonstrates on a daily basis. Bull, pure energy. You can feel the energy he emits when he enters a room.
Also, it seems like he is telling you about the Punic Wars whenever he talks about something he did, whether it be playing golf or going fishing. He is at 6,000, pure energy,” the Italian said.