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.

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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

 

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WATCH: Rafael Nadal confirms he will play at Queen’s Club as warm-up for Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal confirms he will play at Queen’s Club in London as part of his preparation for Wimbledon this year – 10 years after winning the event as part of a summer treble.

In 2008, Rafa clinched titles at the French Open, Queen’s and The Championships, Wimbledon.

Rafa:

I am very excited to communicate that I am going to come to Queen’s in 2018. It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory in 2008, it’s a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon. It was an unforgettable year. I am very excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again.

Queen’s Club tournament director Stephen Farrow said:

We are delighted that Rafa is planning to return to the Queen’s Club. His run 10 years ago will never be forgotten and to see him back at the top of the world rankings a decade later is a testament to his greatness and desire to achieve even more.

Source: The Queen’s Club Championships

Rafael Nadal wins Mundo Deportivo’s 2017 Best Athlete of the Year Award

Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were the big winners in the 70th Grand Gala of El Mundo Deportivo. Rafa was named the best male athlete of 2017 and Garbi was named the best female athlete of 2017.

Rafa:

I am very happy and grateful to Mundo Deportivo for having thought of me for the prize. The truth is that this place is special and very beautiful and ideal to celebrate a night of sports. I’ve been winning and not winning, but someone has to win.

Rafa won the honour for the fourth time in his career (2007, 2008, 2013) to commemorate a remarkable 2017 for the Spaniard.

Rafa on his injury:

It’s a small injury that needs time and rest and recovery, and that’s what we’re doing.

For the moment my schedule is the same and I think I’ll be able to travel to Mexico to play at Acapulco.

Source: Mundo Deportivo

Welcome back home, Rafa!

(EFE) – Rafael Nadal said on Thursday, two days after retiring from his Australian Open quarter-final match with an inner right hip ailment, that he hoped a long-term solution can be found to reduce the number of injuries on the ATP Tour.

“When there are more injuries than usual, it’s because something’s happening,” the world No. 1 said after he and his team arrived at the airport serving Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.

Rafa, who retired on Tuesday night while trailing Croatian world No. 6 Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0, will be out for three weeks after an MRI he underwent in Melbourne revealed a Grade 1 strain of his iliopsoas muscle.

He recalled that he brought attention to a recent spate of injuries on Tour at the start of the Australian Open, a Grand Slam event he decided to play despite concerns about a right-knee injury.

He stressed, however, that he was not calling on the Tour to immediately make changes, such as moving more tournaments to surfaces easier on the body or shortening the tennis calendar.

“But if within a few years there’s a chance for some change that would benefit future generations of tennis players and improve their quality of life, that would be very positive, especially for the health of the athletes,” the 16-time Grand Slam champion said.

Our champ was clear, however, that he had no plans to retire in the short term.

“I don’t know how long I’ll play, whether it will be three, four or five more years. But when that time comes, I’ll know and I won’t be afraid. But now I’m not thinking about my retirement,” he said.

Rafa said that when referring to the detrimental effects of hard courts – the most commonly used surface on the ATP Tour – he was in no way doing so for his own personal gain.

“Few sports, as is the case with tennis, are played (mainly) on cement, hard, very aggressive surfaces, but I’m just another player giving his opinion,” Rafa, who will recover from his injury in his home town of Manacor, said.

Source: EFE

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Injured Rafael Nadal set to return in three weeks from thigh injury

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal expects to return to action as scheduled in Acapulco next month after a scan revealed a tear to his inner right hip muscle.

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A statement from Nadal’s publicist read:

Rafa Nadal conducted an MRI test earlier this morning at a hospital in Melbourne. The MRI showed a grade one injury of his Illiopsoas on his right leg.

He will be resting the next days once back in Spain and will start with anti-inflammatory physiotherapy. He will start his rehabilitation and pre-adaptation process to the tennis court in two weeks, starting progressively his training and practice.

Three weeks is the normal time to totally recover and he will resume his tennis schedule as planed playing Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami.

VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal retires with leg injury at the Australian Open – highlights, presser, hot shot

Rafael Nadal battled it out with Marin Cilic for a place in the 2018 Australian Open semi-finals, only to be hampered by injury.

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