Rafael Nadal He cracked the top-3 following his first major title at Roland Garros in 2005. Rafa achieved that just days after his 19th birthday, and is still a member of the team 17 years later! The 36-year-old Spaniard is enjoying his 669th top-three weekend, moving three clear of Novak Djokovic’s 672.
Both players still have to work hard if they want to match Roger Federer, the leader of the pack with 750 top-3 weeks! Novak in 2011. He missed two majors in 2022 and didn’t hit 2,000 points. Those setbacks pushed him outside the top-5, and he’ll need good results the rest of the season to get there again.
Nadal is the second strongest link behind Carlos Alcaraz on the men’s tour in 2022, winning two major titles and having no points to defend the rest of the year. Nadal looks good to wrap up the year in the top-3 and move ahead of Novak on that list.
Rafael Nadal has amassed 669 top-3 weeks since 2005.
Rafa was in the top-3 between 2005 and 2012, struggling with injuries and leaving the said team. In the year He made a big push in 2013 before facing further issues in 2015 and 2016, where he was soon in the top 10.
Nadal bounced back in 2017, dominating Roland Garros and claiming four more Paris titles in the last five years. Rafa in 2010 In 2021, he played only 29 matches and lost to his opponents by a small margin.
Djokovic has played just two matches since the Roland Garros semifinals and will finish his season in August in 2022. Conflict.
The Spaniard suffered his first defeat of the season in the Indian Wells final, breaking a rib and not playing until May. Rafa was far from his best in Madrid and Rome, struggling to find his A-game and still dealing with foot pain.
As Nadal receives injections before each match, he clears seven hurdles in Paris to capture his 14th Roland Garros crown and 22nd major! Rafa had to withdraw before the Wimbledon semi-finals after sustaining an abdominal injury that resulted in a seven millimeter tear.
Nadal played just one match from the US Open and failed to challenge for a fifth New York crown, losing to France Tiafoe in the fourth round. Rafa played his doubles match against Roger Federer at the Laver Cup and will be away for two weeks as he and his wife expect their first child.