Here’s why Rafael Nadal is not upset with losing his top ranking to Roger Federer

Roger Federer overtook Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings this weekend after beating Robin Haase on route to winning the Rotterdam Open.

Our champ will have the chance to regain the No. 1 ranking during the March because Roger is defending Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami.


If Rafa comes back to the top, he will then face the task of defending all the points he earned during the clay season. It will be very interesting to see what will actually happen at the top between Rafa and Roger in the next few months.

As usual, Rafa is not bothered with not being world number one anymore:

He [Roger Federer] didn’t need to return to No 1 to show who he is in tennis. What he’s achieved is very difficult and you can only congratulate him. Rankings don’t lie, he did a little bit better than me in the last 12 months.

I’ve been in the top 2 for many years. Being No 1, No 3, No 5 doesn’t make much difference. What makes me happy is feeling competitive and able to win tournaments.

I won’t fight to be back at No 1. I’ll fight to have my best possible season. If that means later in the season I have a chance to be back at it, OK.

The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Federer Roger Switzerland 10105 18
2. Nadal Rafael Spain 9760 17
3. Cilic Marin Croatia 4960 20
4. Dimitrov Grigor Bulgaria 4635 22
5. Zverev Alexander Germany 4450 24
6. Thiem Dominic Austria 4220 25
7. Goffin David Belgium 3280 25
8. Sock Jack USA 2880 22
9. Anderson Kevin South Africa 2825 23
10. Del Potro Juan-Martin Argentina 2815 20



    • The only draw that I focus on is the first opponent. I wish Rafa had a qualifier instead since we know he is often nervous in his first match. Lopez is a tough opponent with a big serve. I hope that Rafa can have an easy win for his sake and mine. I so enjoy watching him play.

      • va4favre, Rafa played a three-day golf tournament just before he departed for Mexico. It was the first Rafael Nadal Golf Challenge and was played in Mallorca. The reporters who covered the tournament said Rafa looked really good and there were no signs of any injury. If Rafa is well, I think he can take care of Deliciano.

        Head-to-head it’s Rafa 9, Lopez 4. He beat Rafa in 2003 at Basel, in 2010 at Queens, then in 2014 and ’15, Shanghai and Cincy respectively, and as you know 2014-15 were not Rafa’s best years. I am hoping for Rafa to make it 10. For me, the upside is that Rafa has played him before. Lopez is a known quantity. Qualifiers make me nervous because many of them are responsible for shock defeats of much higher-ranked players.

        I agree that Rafa is sometimes slow to get his groove at the beginning of a tournament. Here’s to a calm Rafa.

        RAFA ROCKS

  1. It’s kinda odd to not see Andy Murray and Djoker in top 10. Those FAB4 days are over i guess… Now we ‘re back in BIG 2. I really hope that in near future Rafa wouldn’t play both Rome and Madrid. My heart was pumping hard last season when he gave every bit of his power to all clay Master 1000s. It’s lucky that he could still deliver his best tennis in RG and won the La Decima.

  2. “Pure Aero Décima…The ultimate connection between an immense champion, his racket, and his trademark tournament… It is the gift of Eric Babolat, CEO of the company, to his champion to celebrate this incredible Décima. The yellow and orange symbolize Rafa’s AeroPro Drive and the Parisian clay where Rafa has now triumphed ten times. Ten trophies are found on the frame of this collector racket.” [BabolatInsider]

    Also, according to Babolat, Rafa’s sobriquet is El Unico. I never knew that. I thinks it’s a fitting and well-deserved a/k/a for such an AWESOME champion.


  3. Those of you who were fretting about Fed playing Dubai, fret no more. He will be in Monaco, not Dubai.

    The 2018 Laureus Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s sports media, will be presented on February 27.

    Rafa is among the nominees for the Sportsman of the Year Award.

    On it’s [Laureus] website, Serena is among the nominees for the Sportswoman Award. Now you want to talk about unfair? Mention of her TWENTY-THIRD grand slam title was a snub. Only her 2017 AO title was mentioned. Really?



  4. It seems fans aren’t the only ones missing Rafa.

    When Fed found out that Rafa was in the Netherlands for his foundation, it is reported that he invited Rafa to Rotterdam. “He [Rafa] should come over just like to hang out. I’m pretty lonely, my family isn’t here. I have to go to him…he is the world No. 1.” [TennisWorld]

    Sounds like a bromance to me.


    • Margo, I tried to like your comment but pressed dislike by mistake. I saw that comment by Roger and thought it was so cute. That is one of many reasons why I am sad when people make negative comments here. I will always recall how moved Rafa was when Roger went to him without asking and said he wanted to help him with his academy!

      • Va4fsvre, you can change your rating to like. Just keep pressing the like option and it should change. I’ve done this successfully when i’ve made such an error!

      • My sentiments exactly, va4favre. I remember it so vividly because Rafa was just so happy to have had Fed next to him in this new and challenging undertaking.

        I also read a while back that Roger gave Rafa some advice on how to set up a foundation when Rafa was new to it.

        And Rafa congratulated Fed on his return to world No. 1.

        I remember Fed picking up Rafa from the airport when he went to Switzerland to play Basel.

        If these two didn’t like each other, it is unlikely they would share a friendship.

        And there exists a whole lot of respect between them.

        RAFA ROCKS

  5. Rafa has purportedly arrived in Alcapulco and continues his practice with Nishikori as a practice partner.

    Also, though I hope it’s not true, Rafa had purportedly signed on for doubles with Pablo Carreño at IW.
    [, Feb 22, 2018]

    I hope Rafa had some time to relax, maybe did some snorkeling, while he was in Cozumel.

    This year is the 25th anniversary of the Mexico Open and undoubtedly Rafa wanted to help celebrate.

    Wishing Rafa a great run for the remainder of 2018. I just hope he doesn’t overdo it.


  6. I wanted to address this separately, but I am sad when I read negative comments on Roger or any other player. Rafa respects all of his fellow competitors. I have given up looking at the initial draw, since it changes so much. I cannot believe the draws are all fixed since that would so undermine the integrity of the sport. I would stop watching tennis if that were true, as painful as that would be for me.

    • va4favre, thanks for having the courage to voice your concern on this matter.

      For many of us here it’s about Rafa staying healthy, injury free and getting enough rest during a season. I think for others it simply reminds me of the “sour grapes” syndrome.


    • Well said va4favre. You are right. As Rafa fans we should not get too carried away. Throwing wild unsubstantiated accusations against any player is immature and dangerous. Those doing so here must remember the slanderous accusations by the ex French Minister of sport against Rafa, which he had to fight vigorously.

  7. Whike I loved having Rafa as number one, I agree that he should focus on staying healthy. Being happy is very important to Rafa, and it is one of the many reasons I am his fan. I trust Moya to coach Rafa, but it is Rafa who pushes himself on the practice courts. I still find it amazing that such a champion lacks self confidence. Rafa did push himself too much last fall, but he did it knowingly to secure the year end number one. Tennis like life is unpredictable, but if Rafa is happy and healthy, good things will happen.

  8. OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) MEXICO IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VERY HAPPY FOR YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) ENJOY YOUR TIME SWEETHEART & HAVE LOTS OF FUN WITH EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) ci……ci…….ci…….ci……: ) I trust you dear Rafa full heatedly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) I trust your solid knowledge of your tennis and your impressive intelligence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Your blessed instincts are brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 YOU KNOW INSTINCTIVELY WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) YOUR blessed long practices is who you are…..and it is radiating BRILLIANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU HAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL, CLASSY CONNECTION TO YOUR ADORABLE, STRONG BODY AND YOU KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR OWN FANTASTIC IMPROVEMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 YOU ARE BLESSED WITH THE THE KNOW HOW TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) BEFORE EACH TOUR YOU ARE SO INCREDIBLE WITH YOUR WORK ETHIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 😉 😉 WHAT YOU ARE DOING DEAR RAFA IS HIGHLY ADMIRABLE AND SO IMPRESSIVE……..AND IT IS WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GOOD FOR YOU SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 : ) : ) YOU HAVE SUCH A GIFTED IN BUILT COORDINATION AND PHYSICAL GRACE ABOUT EVERY POINT YOU PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 😉 🙂 🙂 🙂 IT IS SUCH A BRIGHT JOY TO WATCH YOU PLAY LIVE….. AND EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 🙂 : ) 🙂 VAMOS SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 WE MISS YOU DEAR RAFA AND SENDING LOVE AND HUGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    WE LOVE YOU DEAR RAFA AND TRUST THE WISE WAY YOU SPEND YOUR TIME AND YOUR BLESSED TOUR PREPARATIONS VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE FIT AND BEAUTIFUL AND YOUR PRACTICE SESSIONS ARE BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING & KNOW ALL YOUR AMAZING TENNIS IS VERY VERY SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU HAVE SUCH PASSIONATE OE OF A KIND COURT PRESENCE AND CLASSY TENNIS STYLE…….AND YOUR FEISTY BRILLIANT COMPETITIVE EDGE IS VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) 🙂 : ) YOU ARE STRONG AND GORGEOUS AND THE NATURAL WAY YOU WALK……MOVE…….AND RUN IS MAGICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 YOU ARE A BRILLIANT STAR SWEETHEART …….INSPIRING AND GIFTED……..YOUR MOTIVATION IS SO OUTSTANDING……SO SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 GOD BLESS YOU SWEETHEART & KEEP SMILING AND ENJOYING EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 ALONG WITH YOUR ADORING FANS, OUR FAMILY IS ENCHANTED BY YOUR GOD GIVEN TALENT AND WE ADMIRE AND RESPECT YOUR BRILLIANT TENNIS SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  9. As a fan, we worry about Rafa’s injuries and staying healthy. But can we also acknowledge that Rafa is a very different player than Roger? Rafa needs a lot of repetitions and winning to be in full confidence. What works for Roger, might not work for Rafa, or any other player. So let’s trust Rafa and his team, and enjoy every minute of what’s remaining of Rafa’s legendary career.

  10. I, believe Rara when he says number 1 is not his main priority, to be healthy and competitive is his first goal.
    The problem is that he jeopardises his chances of remaining healthy by playing in too many tournaments. This is something that we as fans have said so many times,
    But there is an added factor here too, I believe, and that makes Rafa doubly vulnerable. It is his excessive practice routines which often last longer than the matches in which he plays.
    He is now in Mexico and no doubt wearing himself out before he even gets to play in Apapulco.
    I know I am just a fan and perhaps should have faith in Rafa to decide how often he plays and practices . He is the expert .
    Moya changed his practice routines to include specific area training rather than just getting out there and trying to do everything all at once but I fear Rafa does not always listen. He has been practicing all out for all of his career and he has it in his head that practice, practice and more practice is the solution.
    Fed has wisely listened to his body. He has cut down considerably on his schedule and does not wear himself out. I am no Federer fan but I acknowledge his wiseness in arranging his schedule. Rafa should realise that what he was able to do at 21 he can’t do at 31, take more care of his body and curtail excessive practice routines along with making some adjustments to his schedule.
    Nevertheless I am a committed Rafa fan and no matter what he does I will always think of him as the best sportsman seen in for tennis for many years. His dedication, his humility and his respect for his fellow competitors are above reproach.
    But please Rafa, slow down a little.!!

    • Rafa I am an avid fan also. Once you are out of a tournament I lose interest and only tend to watch the highlights and results.
      I agree wholeheartedly with what Beverly above has said. Please watch your practice times and cut down on your schedule.
      Love you so much and want you to go on for years as you still are the most exciting player ever.

    • Completely agree with you, Beverley Bud nichenko.
      You ‘re one rare fan who are fully aware of Rafa’s state not like a Federer fan named Margo here.
      We are Rafans and we support him but we should know a little bit of him. I am not bragging of understanding Rafa more than himself but i think he should avoid making the same mistakes.

      It’s not the first time Rafa plays through pain which costs the whole season. He won his first (hopefully not the last) AO in 2009 after suffering massive physical demand. But he continued competing in IW and Miami with a bandage on his knee. The same thing went on the clay season. Rafa did add some Master 1000s to his pocket but the knee injury made him pay for a grandslam tournament. So i really hope that Rafa and his medical team know what they ‘re doing.

  11. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 I love your sportsmanship and classy long term attitude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) That is why we global avid Tennis fans consider you the ULTIMATE GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) What brilliance over the years you RAFA NADAL have accomplished with your earnest, genuine hard work and sweat is extraordinary and NO ONE COMES NEAR YOUR BEAUTIFUL TENNIS STRENGTH. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE LOVE YOU AND ENJOY WATCHING YOUR MAGIC ON ALL SURFACES VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU ARE THE TRUE GOAT OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    In my humble opinion to respond to previous comments here… put it mildly, princess roger fed. is the head tale of mice sports…..not holding ranking of true, valid, real relevant tennis competitions….. he can never ever retire with pride or knowing he earned it all square and fair with all the extra privileges he continuously getting, more than other players, on every tour. Especially more notably the case in Wimbledon and AO tours………OUTRAGEOUS TO WITNESS SUCH UNCALLED FOR EXTRA CONSIDERATION FOR ONE PLAYER OVER OTHERS FOR SO MANY YEARS……………ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS……RIDICULOUS TO WATCH THIS GOING ON AND ON AND ON…….I PITY princess r…..for he knows all too well what uncalled for breaks he is privileged with and he ends up playing like a spoiled bratty participant in each tour.
    DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS TENNIS HAS MANY BRILLIANT TOP HARD WORKING FANTASTIC PLAYERS……..RAFA IS AT THE TOP…..and no where in my humble view princess r is a part of these real tennis competitions. BUT WHO CARES…..we have RAFA TO WATCH LIVE…….HIS PASSION…….HIS DETERMINATION…….and HIS REAL EFFORT……REAL COMPETITIONS……REAL FIGHTING WITH EACH POINT…… REAL SWEAT …..REAL GORGEOUS COURT PRESENCE …….REAL OUTSTANDING………RAFA NADAL YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL IN TENNIS HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 ; ) LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEK DEAR RAFA & GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXO

    • I agree with Fan Love. All tennis fans must surely be aware that Federer always gets the easy draw and Rafa has to play at least 5 finals before he even gets to the final. This has been going on for years. But being the kind and humble person Rafa is he just makes the best of it and still gives Federer credit. That’s why you are a Champ Rafa and you will always will be the best tennis player ever!

      • YES….It is Rafa’s solid character and loving upbringing that makes him so incredibly dignified and impressive in everything he does. His integrity is rare and his kindness on and off the court is unbelievably special!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 At the end of the day that is what really matters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 Rafa is holding his own with such grace and beauty…..I am very happy for him God bless him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 😉 😉 🙂 😉

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