He’s back! For the first time in over three years, Rafael Nadal is officially back at No. 1 on the ATP Rankings.
Nadal last ranked No. 1 on July 6, 2014. This is his 4th stint at No. 1 and this week is his 142nd on top.
Nadal will hold the top spot for another two weeks at least through the US Open. But could lose it in New York to Roger Federer or Andy Murray. Federer will have to get at least to the semifinals, Murray the final. A Nadal-Federer or Nadal-Murray final in New York would be for No. 1.
“Is an amazing, positive news,” Nadal said Friday of becoming No. 1. “Being No. 1 after all the things that I have been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so is, for me, is an amazing achievement to be back to that position after few years, three years already without being in that position.
“So I gonna work hard to show myself and why I am there. So I’m going to work hard, and I gonna try my best to play at the highest level possible in New York.”
Nadal has finished No. 1 three times in 2008, 2010 and 2013. And in all three years he become No. 1 during the season, he then finished No. 1.
Nine years ago on August 18, 2008, he first reached the No. 1.
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