Rafael Nadal Not Focused On No. 1 Ranking
by Tom Gainey | May 17th, 2017, 12:43 pm

Rafael Nadal might be the new leader in the 2017 season points race, but the Spaniard isn’t focusing on a return to the No. 1 in the 52-week list.

“I want to be high in the ranking,” Nadal said Tuesday in Rome. “Because if I am high in the ranking means I am playing well. That’s all.

“But I said before the season, somebody asked me about try to be No. 1 again, and I said I not gonna try to be No. 1 again. If happens because I am playing so well, great. But I am not going to do a calendar to try to be No. 1. I am going to try to do my calendar the normal calendar, and if happens, will be something amazing, but that not worries me a lot.

“I feel myself competitive in all of the matches that I competed this year. And that’s what makes me happy,” he said. “More than being 4th, 5th, 6th or 2nd. Doesn’t matter. Most important for me is enjoy every week and feel myself well.”

With current No. 1 Andy Murray reeling and Novak Djokovic struggling, Nadal could get to No. 2 by sweeping Rome and the French, then make a charge at No. 1 during Wimbledon where Murray is the defending champion.

Nadal advanced to the third round today in Rome after Nicolas Almagro pulled up lame with a knee injury.

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3 Comments for Rafael Nadal Not Focused On No. 1 Ranking

Willow Says:

Well said Rafa ….

Humble Rafa Says:

Humble people don’t care for material things like number 1 ranking. I want to play well and be happy. That’s all I care about.


James Says:

Nadal has a good chance of reaching No. 1. Djokovic is in a slump, and by the time the French open is done, Nadal will be ahead of him. Murray is totally unraveling, and has tons of points to defend from now till the end of the year. Federer is the wild card here – hard to predict how he will play the rest of the year. Regardless, one of Federer or nadal has a better chance of ending No 1 than one of Djokovic or Murray. What a turnaround!

Finally Thiem and Zverev are making some moves. Hard to say where Kyrgios is. Until one of the young guys breaks 6,000 or so ranking points or wins a slam, there really isn’t anyone else on the horizon yet. Top 5 all above 30, wow.

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