When Will Rafael Nadal’s Reign at No. 1 Start and How Long Will It Last?

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the US Open Final. (Photo: Carl Recine)
Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the US Open Final. (Photo: Carl Recine)

Rafael Nadal is ready to take the ATP World No. 1 ranking at the China Open in Beijing on October 7. Currently, Nadal (10,860) trails Novak Djokovic (11,120) by 260 points.

With both players slated to play Beijing, Djokovic can only defend his 500 points by winning the tournament. He can still hold the No. 1 ranking if he drops 200 points as a finalist and Nadal is quickly eliminated. If he does not make the final, he will fall behind Nadal.

Nadal can clinch the No. 1 ranking by making it to at least the finals regardless of Djokovic. He would add 300 for this achievement because he did not play in Beijing last year and has no points to defend. If he wins the tournament, he will gain the full 500 points. Barring a major upset, Nadal will be No. 1.

Nadal, who currently has 102 career weeks as No. 1, looks to reign at the top for a long time, perhaps a very long time.

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