After failing to defend his Madrid title losing to Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal saw his ranking plummet from 4 to No. 7 this week, marking the lowest the Spaniard has been ranked since May 8, 2005.
— Greg Sharko (@SharkoTennis) May 10, 2015
Nadal can return to the Top 5 this week by winning the Rome title. Nadal made the finals last year losing to Novak Djokovic. Anything short of a final could drop Rafa lower, further depressing his French Open seeding.
“Nothing changes from being No. 5 or No. 7,” Nadal said Sunday. “I don’t know. Next week I’m defending 600 points. If I don’t manage to win points, I don’t know where I can end up falling to. I don’t know.
“Whatever will happen will be. It’s also something that we have to realize, all of us, that what’s happening during these last years, it’s very complicated to be ten or eleven years without leaving the top 4.
“This week was very positive because I got 600 points. That’s a step further because that gives you stability.
That means that you’re not going to go below 15th, end hope the year in the top 15, which is not that bad. Of course we’ve always had more ambition, but we always go step by step doing things as good as we can, and at the end of the year we will see where I am.”
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