US Open to host temporary hospital & Federer back in action31 March 2020 / Miguel Coelho
What's been happening in Tennis during the last few days?
Rafael Nadal is now 6th All-time at weeks spent at the No. 1 position in the ATP rankings. He’s still trailing, however, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
The Spaniard had one of his best years in recent memory in 2019. He won 2 Grand Slams in Roland Garros and US Open while winning multiple Masters 1000 as well. When no one seemed to believe that Nadal was able to finish the season as Year-End No. 1, he still had enough strength to pull it off and shut the naysayers, as the odds were heavily favouring Novak Djokovic at the Nitto ATP Finals. Health has always been a major factor in Rafa’s career, and truth be told, if he didn’t had so many injuries throughout his time as a tennis player, he could’ve easily be up there with Roger Federer.
However, that’s a big question mark heading into the 2020 season. There’s still five players ahead of him, with Roger being the 1st one with the record of 310 weeks. It’s almost impossible for Nadal to snatch the top spot, as he needed almost two consecutive years at No. 1, something that at his current age and with his current durability will be just too much for him. Add to that, the fact that he has an insane amount of points to defend, especially during the Northern America swing. Even so, that’s another incredible achievement in Rafael Nadal career.
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