Wed. Feb 26th, 2020

Nadal returns to occupy the top of world tennis – La Provincia

The Balearic tennis player Rafael Nadal has officially recovered number one in the ATP world ranking, a position it occupies by eighth time in his career and, at 33, he does it as the second most veteran player after Roger Federer.

Exactly one year after giving up the lead to Novak Djokovic, Nadal once again occupies the top of world tennis, where he has been intermittently since August 18, 2008, when he enjoyed number one for the first time. Specifically, in nine of the last twelve years he has been the leader at some point (2008-11, 2013-14 and 2017-19).

"I'm super happy with my season. I had a difficult start, but after I could find a way to play again at a very high level and be in the situation that I am today. I am very proud of the year I am having, "Nadal said in statements provided by the ATP.

Manacorí starts its week on Monday 197 leading the world ranking and remains sixth in this statistic behind Roger Federer (310), Pete Sampras (286), Djokovic (275), Ivan Lendl (270) and Jimmy Connors (268). After Federer, who was number one in 2018 with 36 years, he is the most veteran who gets it.

Throughout this season, Nadal has sealed a balance of 51 wins and 6 losses that has allowed him to win four titles, two from 'Grand Slam' (Roland Garros and US Open) and two others from the 1,000 Masters category (Rome and Montreal). In addition, it also reached the end of the first 'big' of the course, the Australian Open.

However, the abdominal injury that forced him to leave before the semifinals in the 1,000 Masters in Paris complicates his options to finish the year as number one, an achievement he has achieved four times in his career (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017).

The ATP Finals, which will be held from November 10 to 17, are the last chance to win points in the standings. Each victory in the group stage awards 200 points, the win in the semifinals gives 400 and win the final, 500 more. In total, 1,500 points is the maximum loot that each player can win in London's O2.

In addition, and despite his early elimination in Paris-Bercy, the Castellon tennis player Roberto Bautista He rose a position in this classification and placed in his best historical position, the ninth.

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