Nadal aims for number one at the end of the year, almost unwittingly

“The number one of the year will belong to Nadal, unless I win everything I play”. never considered the challenge, but his victories in Australia and Roland Garros put him first in the Champions race of the season, which would make him number one just before the Champions Cup.

For the moment, Nadal is in first place in the Race, ahead with 5,620 points ahead of Carlos Alcaraz. Russian Medvedev, who is currently playing in the Los Cabos tournament, appears in sixth position after Tsitsipas, Ruud and Zverev with 2,620. A very important difference that forces you to win practically everything you play if you want to overcome it.

To identify Rafa, I have a word, incredible”

Daniel MedvedevATP number 1

Of course, the US Open, which begins on August 29, is the Russians’ great hope of being able to cover the enormous distance between them. However, Nadal would add a lot of points if he does well in the last Grand Slam of the season as he quit last year due to physical issues.

“To identify Rafa, I have one word, incredible. He is an incredible fighter, an incredible warrior and an incredible person, with great mental strength,” said the winner of the US Open 2021. Last January, the ManacorĂ­ became the first tennis player with more than 20 major tournaments won and he did it by beating Medvedev in the Australian Open final.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 6, 2022 Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his quarter-final victory over USA's Taylor Fritz REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Taylor Fritz


Referring to this, Daniil explained that of course he wanted to win but apart from that excitement he thought it was great that Nadal set his record. “It was a great match; at Roland Garros he took his Grand Slam titles to 22 and I was happy, as I was happy with Nole (Novak Djokovic), when he won 21 at Wimbledom”, did he declare.

Race of Champions standings

1. Raphael Nadal 5620

2. Carlos Alcaraz Garfia 4270

3. Stefanos Tsitsipas 4010

4. Casper Ruud 3315

5. Alexander Zverev 2700

6. Daniel Medvedev 2575

7. Andrei Rublev 2415

8. Felix Auger-Aliassime 2385

9. Taylor Harry Fritz 2060

10. Novak Djokovic 1970

ATP Ranking

1.Daniel Medvedev 7625

2. Alexander Zverev 6850

3. Raphael Nadal 6165

4. Carlos Alcaraz 5035

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas 5000

6. Novak Djokovic 4770

7. Casper Ruud 4685

8 Andrei Rublev 3575

9. Felix Auger Aliassime 3445

10. Jannik Sinner 3395

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