Nadal in top 10, 17 glorious years
Spanish Tennis player, Rafael Nadal has been in the ATP top 10 for the past 17 years, the longest in the history. At the age of 18 winning the Monte Carlo with a title in Barcelona, with that win he broke into the top 10 and has not moved below the list of top 10 ATP tennis players in the world. On 25th April, he completed 866 weeks on a run in the ATP rankings.
The only active player behind him is Roger Federer who has been in top 10 for consecutive 734 weeks (2002 – 2016). The Spanish has been having a ball by winning the Melbourne 250 title before the Australian Open, with this he has also become the first male player to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles.
Last year he went passed Jimmy Connors who had held the record for being in top 10 for 788 weeks (1973 – 1988). Nadal beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the AO final to script history, he is now at equal with Serb Novak Djokovic with 21 grand slam titles each.
Nadal is currently going through a rib fracture, he is set to return to the game at the Madrid Masters.