Entering the top-50 should not be a problem for talented and hard-working players, even in the strongest eras. Rafael Nadal did not waste time making a breakthrough on the ATP ranking list, cracking the top-50 for the first time in August 2003, just after turning 17!

Nadal lost ground a bit in 2004 after a nasty injury, standing around 50th place for a couple of months and starting all over in 2005. Since January 31, 2005, Nadal has continuously been ranked in the top-50, improving his position after rock-solid results and becoming world no.

2 by the end of the season thanks to a Major and four Masters 1000 titles on his tally! Nadal has never left the top-10 group since entering in April 2005, earning many ranking records and finishing as the year-end no. 1 five years, the last time in 2019.

Rafael Nadal celebrates 900 consecutive weeks in the top-50.

Rafa is celebrating a massive ranking record this week, becoming the second player with 900 consecutive top-50 weeks and joining Roger Federer on the exclusive list.

A player has to spend over 17 and a half years in the top-50 to reach that number, which is easier said than done. After 20 years on the Tour, Nadal is still among the world’s best players at 36, despite all the injuries and setbacks.

The Spaniard did not enjoy a good run in 2021, playing only 29 matches and failing to win a Major title only for the third year since 2005! Rafa missed the second part of the season due to a foot injury and made an incredible return in 2022.

Not knowing what to expect and how his body would react, Nadal went all the way at the season’s first Major at the Australian Open, celebrating in Australia for the first time in 13 years! With a boost on his side, Rafa conquered Acapulco and reached the Indian Wells final.

The Spaniard fractured his rib in the desert and missed April’s action and his beloved tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Without form and with ongoing foot pain, Rafa experienced early losses in Madrid and Rome and gathered dark clouds over his Roland Garros chances.

The Spaniard needed injections to pass the best-of-five obstacles in Paris, and he overcame all the challenges to lift the 14th Roland Garros crown. Rafa has been dealing with an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, withdrawing from the All England Club and suffering the US Open fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe.

Nadal and his wife expecting their first child in the upcoming weeks, and Rafa should be on the court again by the end of the season.

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