Rafael Nadal’s French Open title made him the first man in history to hold eight trophies of any one Slam. It also qualified him for the year-end championships in London.
Nadal becomes the first player to earn a spot in the elite 8, ahead of even Novak Djokovic who won the Australian Open.
Nadal has now qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals nine straight years, achieving his best finish in 2010 when he lost to Roger Federer in the final. The Spaniard was forced to miss the 2012 tournament, having been sidelined the second half of the season with a left knee injury.
In the latest ATP 2013 points only rankings, Nadal leads Novak by nearly 2,000 points, which is quite a substantial margin considering Rafa missed the Australian Open won by Nole.
Despite the lead, Rafa knows he has a lot of work to do to finish No. 1.
“I am in a good position in the Race, it’s true,” Nadal said Sunday. “A lot of points, and only with nine tournaments. So that’s something amazing. Without playing Miami and without playing Australia, today I have 7,000 points on my computer. So that’s much more than what I thought or what I dreamed. But to be No. 1 in this era, you need to play during the whole season. You have to play during the whole season and do well during the rest of the season, because the rest of the players are very competitive. They’re going to be there.
“I need to keep winning a lot of points if I want to have any chance to be No. 1 at the end of the season.”
By reaching the finals, David Ferrer moved into the third position ahead of Andy Murray who missed the French Open.
Tommy Robredo and Viktor Troicki also made nice double digit moves up to No. 20 and 42 respectively.
June 10 ATP Race Standings (Top 8 qualify for London)
1 Nadal, Rafael (ESP), 7,000
2 Djokovic, Novak (SRB), 5,030
3 Ferrer, David (ESP), 4,080
4 Murray, Andy (GBR), 2,910
5 Berdych, Tomas (CZE), 2,415
6 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA), 2,320
7 Federer, Roger (SUI), 2,220
8 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI), 2,030
9 Gasquet, Richard (FRA), 1,675
10 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG), 1,605
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