(AFP) Kei Nishikori’s win in the Barcelona Open at the weekend has left him just 110 points adrift of fourth-placed Rafael Nadal in the ATP world rankings.
Novak Djokovic remains comfortably ahead of Roger Federer atop the rankings with Andy Murray clear in third.
The only movement in the top 10 saw Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka move above Croatian Marin Cilic into eighth place.
ATP top 10 as of April 27:
|Rank, Name & Nationality||Points||Week Change||Tourn Played|
|1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB)||13,845||0||19|
|2 Federer, Roger (SUI)||8,385||0||18|
|3 Murray, Andy (GBR)||6,060||0||21|
|4 Nadal, Rafael (ESP)||5,390||0||20|
|5 Nishikori, Kei (JPN)||5,280||0||22|
|6 Raonic, Milos (CAN)||5,070||0||24|
|7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE)||4,960||0||24|
|8 Ferrer, David (ESP)||4,490||0||24|
|9 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)||3,495||1||21|
|10 Cilic, Marin (CRO)||3,405||-1||20|
Dear Rafa: I really wish you could read all the fan mail; that alone would boost your confidence, belief, and morale. Thousands of people love you and believe in you and are praying for you also. I am one of those people. I have said many prayers for you over the years. My prayers lately ask that you regain your self belief and confidence; and that your love and passion for tennis increase as long as you play; I also ask the Lord, thy God to keep you healthy physically, and mentally fresh and in good spirits. Think happy thoughts Rafa. You will always be numero uno with me. None of us are perfect, and all of your fans do not expect perfection from you Rafa. We just want you to have your good and health and peace of mind so that you are able to play your best and smartest tennis. Love and God Bless you, Marylynn.
Who cares of Kei Nishikori will overtake Rafa in ranking? I don’t! What important is that our champion stays motivated and believes in himself, get his confident back! He always be ‘Rafa Nadal’, the King of clay!
Always supporting you Rafa practice with that new racket and stay positive you can come back to full circle. Vamoooooooos Rafa.
Always behind Rafa!