Rafael Nadal’s hold on the No. 1 ranking could come to end next week at the Madrid Masters. The Spaniard who has held the top spot on the tour since October 7, 2013, is defending his title points at the event from last year. And according to the ATP, if Nadal slips early on the clay the door would be open for Novak Djokovic to return to No. 1.
Specifically, if Nadal doesn’t make the quarterfinals and Djokovic wins Madrid, Djokovic would become No. 1 a week from Monday. However, if Nadal reached the quarterfinals he will maintain his No. 1 ranking entering Rome.
Nadal is defending 1,000 ranking points from his Madrid win over Stanislas Wawrinka last year. Djokovic lost in his first match to Grigor Dimitrov.
After consecutive quarterfinal losses the last two Fridays at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, Nadal is hoping to bounce back in Madrid.
“Spain is my home country and every time I play in any of the tournaments held here I feel something special. We are at home, in front of our fans, with our people,” Nadal siad. “Well, it’s a special feeling, and is difficult to put it into words.”
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