- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and the pursuit of more ranking history | The Sport Review
And so Federer and Nadal, two men who last year slipped down the ranks via shredded schedules and serious injuries, and were ranked 17 and nine respectively when they contested the Australian title, are now favourites to top the rankings from next week until the end of the season.
And that is, in the context of their history, an extraordinary prospect. For they held the No1 ranking between them from February 2004 until July 2011, and together they also filled the top two places unbroken for 211 weeks from 2005 to 2009. They went on to be the top two ranked men at year-end for six straight seasons: 2017 could make it seven.
- Rafael Nadal has his eye on No. 1 ranking at Rogers Cup in Montreal | montrealgazette.com
After dominating the clay-court portion of the ATP Tour and winning a record 10thFrench Open title, Nadal is poised to take the No. 1 ranking for the first time since June 23, 2014 if he reaches the semifinals at Jarry Park.
The top spot is available because the current No. 1, Andy Murray, failed to defend his Wimbledon title — he lost to American Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals — and he’s not in a position to add any points because he’s hobbled by a hip injury.
Nadal has a 46-7 record this year, with four titles, and is currently 294 points behind Murray.
- Sencillamente Rafa | El Pais
“Soy el mismo de siempre, una persona normal. Vivo en el mismo sitio de siempre, hago las mismas cosas que he hecho toda la vida y lo que más me gusta es perderme unos días en el mar. Soy conocido porque juego al tenis y salgo en los medios, pero soy el mismo Rafa de siempre”, razona. Pues eso: Rafael Nadal Parera.
(I’m the same person I have always been, just a normal person. I live in the same place, do the same things all my life and what I really enjoy is to spend time near the sea. I’m famous because I play tennis and I’m in the media quite a lot now, but I’m the same Rafa as always.)
While vacationing with friends in Ibiza, Nadal relaxed in a pair of white swim trunks with black side stripes. And that right there is a detail as important as having a button on your best blazer. It’s those centimeter-wide double stripes running up his outer thighs that make this a winning style move. Without them, his white suit would take on the silhouette of a puffy pair of boxers. But with their help, this suit lengthens and slims Nadal’s already trim physique.