Who would have believed 12 months ago after leaving the French Open that Novak Djokovic would be down to No. 4 in the rankings and Rafael Nadal would be in position to overtake Andy Murray for the top spot this summer.
Nadal is slowing make such speculation reality after coasting to his 10th French Open and 15th Slam title today, dismissing Stan Wawrinka 62, 63, 61. Nadal’s win moves his back to No. 2 in the rankings just 2,600 points from Andy Murray.
Murray will have to defend 2,500 points and with Nadal having skipped the grass last year, Rafa is in prime position to take the lead. And he even knows it!
“I am playing well,” Nadal said. “I am in a good position. I just won the most important event of the year for me, so that’s the only thing that matters today. Winning these kind of titles, then you have chances to become any number on the ranking. I don’t know. I am playing well. If I am able to keep playing well, why not?”
Nadal, who first reached No. 1 on August 8, 2008, hasn’t been ranked No. 1 since July 6, 2014.
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