Rafael Nadal moves up in rankings after Acapulco win

The ATP rankings for February 28 2022 are out, and Rafael Nadal is on the move.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion climbed one spot to No. 4 after winning his third consecutive title on Saturday.

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Daniil Medvedev, beaten by Rafa in the Acapulco semifinals last week, climbed to No. 1 in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career on Monday, ending Novak Djokovic‘s reign at the top.

The 26-year-old Medvedev is the third Russian man after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin, and 27th player overall, to rise to the top of the ATP rankings. He is also the first player outside the Big 4 – Djokovic, Federer, Rafa and Murray – to become No. 1 in the ATP rankings in 18 years.

ATP rankings as of February 28: 

1. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 8615 pts (+1)

2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8465 (-1)

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7515

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6515 (+1)

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 6445 (-1)

6. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 5000 (+1)

7. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 4928 (-1)

8. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3915

9. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3883

10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3496 (+1) 

Race to Turin: In the 52 week rankings, the year to date rankings, Rafa is No. 1 with 2,750 points.

Vamos Rafa!


  1. Congratulations Rafa..on a great start to the year..youre like a good wine..getting better as you get older…continued success for the next few tournaments..Rafael.. you rock…your,e the man…truly amazing player,person and sportsman.

    • I’m running out of words to express my thoughts of Rafa. He has an aura around him combined with goodness & greatness that puts him in a league all by himself. Gone from competing for over six months not knowing if he could ever play again… he re-emerges as this invincible warrior who seems to be unstoppable. For now lets hope he is resting at home with Maria… I think he’s playing Indian Wells which is a tournament that he really loves…he stays at Larry Ellison’s mansion and plays golf with him. It’s like a lovely vacation. The desert is usually very beautiful in March however with weather changing all over the world…Indian Wells was in the 90s yesterday and today…. for sure Rafa would be sweating!

  2. Rafa no matter what you are a class of yourself proving it time and again. You are de Man. All the best…

  3. Following all the sanctions and with Russia just been banned by World Rugby body, is ATP going to follow the same. Will Daniil Medvedev be removed as world number 1 since he is representing Russia?

    • Danill is not representing Russia. Except for the ATP Tournament held the last couple of years, ATP events are for individual players and doubles partners, not national teams.

      That said I am sure that Danill is uncomfortable with the actions of his country. He may have been distracted when he played Rafa and he has said that he is for peace as has Rublev.

    • Hahahaha! ..there your go! Spoken like a true diehard Rafa fan! Rafa doesn’t care about the rankings either!

  4. Rafa, thank you so much for a wonderful start of 2022! 🤗 So proud of you and your team 👏
    Enjoy a short break celebrating with your loved ones. All the best in IW 🍀❤️

    • Estupendo ! 😃 I have written to him in Spanish a congrats card after AO22 ✉and now Acapulco 🌵🌞 😃👑 Looking forward to R Garros. Fiona in Parid

  5. WOW. What can I say? Rafa winning his 3rd title including the long awaited slam, in which we waited 13 years for. All of these are on hard courts too. Pretty impressive.
    Should have enough rest before Indian Wells and the clay courts season, including hopefully getting his 14th French Open title too.
    Congrats on him moving up in the ranking to No 4.
    VAMOS RAFA We all love him, don’t we? I do.

  6. Bravo Rafa. Such a fantastic start to 2022. He seems to have a new lease of life after having his foot surgery. So happy for him and all his fans. Vamos Rafa

  7. Congrats, Rafa, on number 4 ranking. All the best for a fantastic 2022-continued success.👏🙏🎾❤️

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