Rafael Nadal’s 2022 was nothing short of extraordinary. The Spanish champion rose to the headlines for returning after an injury and immediately winning in Australia, with one of the greatest Comebacks of his career. In 2022 Nadal won the Australian Open and Roland Garros and in Paris he took a great revenge against his long-time rival Novak Djokovic, who was defeated first in the final and passed in the Grand Slam race.
Rafa took advantage of the problems of the Balkan tennis player for his choice not to carry out the vaccine for Covid 19 and overcame him in the Grand Slam race (and also the GOAT race). Currently Nadal is the tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles ever, or 22, ahead of Novak Djokovic’s 21 to Roger Federer’s 20.
These three players have made the history of this sport and, year after year, have achieved several incredible records. Not just tennis for Rafael Nadal, who, in this 2022, a few weeks ago, has finally become a father. A few days ago the Majorcan tennis player greeted his followers with the first message after the fatherhood: “Hello everyone.
After a few days and many loving messages I just wanted to thank you all. We are very happy and we are all fine. A hug.”
Rafael Nadal, new record for the ranking
During his career, at least compared to his two great rivals, Rafael Nadal has rarely kept the first place in the ranking, often the prerogative of Roger first and then Nole.
Nadal was close to first place this year, but faded (for now) by a few points with number one becoming Spanish baby prodigy Carlos Alcaraz. On Monday Rafael Nadal reached 672 weeks in his career in the Top 3, reaching Novak Djokovic in second place.
At the top of this ranking is Roger Federer, with 750 weeks in the Top 3 of the world circuit. Yet another record that sees the Big Three as protagonists in absolute domination.
Here is the ranking of tennis players with the most weeks in the world Top 3:
Roger Federer 750 weeks
Novak Djokovic 672 weeks
Rafael Nadal 672 weeks
592 Jimmy Connors
499 Ivan Lendl