Rafael Nadal Clinches No. 1 Ranking Next Monday, Will Be Top Seed At US Open
by Staff | August 14th, 2017, 1:26 pm

With Roger Federer unable to play in Cincinnati due to a back injury and Andy Murray also out of the event, Rafael Nadal is guaranteed a return to No. 1 next Monday, regardless of outcome at the tournament.

Nadal has spent 141 weeks at the top spot but hasn’t been No. 1 since July 6, 2014.

Rafa first reached No. 1 on August 18, 2008 at the age of 22, almost 9 years ago to the day.

Rafa will also be the top seed at the US Open for the first time since 2010, and first time at a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open.

The 31-year-old Nadal is 47-8 on the season with four titles including a 10th French Open. He won Cincinnati in 2013.

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11 Comments for Rafael Nadal Clinches No. 1 Ranking Next Monday, Will Be Top Seed At US Open

Willow Says:

Why would he even want to be world number 1, apparantly he doesnt relish it like some other players do according to some ?

Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!

Daniel Says:

Congrats Nadal. Must be awesome for a champion like him to get back to #1 after 3 years considering how he ended last year.

Now he can play more freely in Cincy without the what of scenarios in the back of his mind. He should pracrice playing more insde the coirt and taking more risks at his serve.

Andrew Miller Says:

Nadal’s been climbing higher since end of 2016 as the Djokovic sank lower. He’s recovered his game and he’ll bounce back a week after Shapovalov! Knowing Nadal he’s going to get that match again and win it next time. That’s Nadal. A testament to how tennis is a rivalry based sport and Nadal and Federer may be the greatest opponents for anyone with a racquet, in history!

Andrew Miller Says:

Know too he’s had time to recover. It used to be losing early affected him but on hard courts it’s a gift. He has more recovery time to perfect his shot making and get grooved. And he’s as fast as ever. I think the Shapovalov loss and the Wimbledon loss to Mueller were well earned wins that were also two opponents playing the best they’d ever played. Few can pull that off twice in a row against Nadal. He’s just too darn great. Even as young guys get better Nadal has this capacity to learn and apply what he’s learned. I don’t think that’s the case for many other guys. Only Federer, Djokovic, etc. They are like supercomputers, like the super chess computers that once they learn your moves, it’s game over.

Andrew Miller Says:

I agree, I didn’t think Nadal would be back at number one! I wasn’t sure if he’d win even another masters. But here he is. Amazing everyone again.

Karthick Says:

Vamos Rafa!!! You deserve it!

Bruce Myles Says:

Great to have Nadal back on top…always a great player and a gentleman.

Willow Says:

Bruce Myles with all the negativity he has to stomach, your post made me smile thankyou for brightening up my day ;-) ….

Daniel Says:

Nadal is 14-0 agaisnt Gasquet, tennis-x could do a list with his best HxH, similar to what ATP site did last week when Federer was facing Ferrer, they showed all HxH where Fed did not lost a match and had more than 10 wins.

I don’t recall if there is another player Nadal have never lost to, the way he domiates Gasquet.

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