Despite a hard-fought three-set victory over Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Italian Open final, Spaniard Rafael Nadal remains third in the ATP rankings released on Monday.
Djokovic is far ahead of the package with 11,063 points. Russia’s Daniil Medvedev continues to be ranked No. 2 in the world with 9,793 points, just 163 points ahead of Nadal, who will be aiming for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the French Open starting on May 24th.
Although there is no movement in the top 10, last week was historic for Nadal in Rome in several ways. The Spaniard not only won the Italian Open for a record tenth time, he also finished Djokovic’s record for most Masters 1000 titles at 36.
Nadal’s 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 victory over the Serb in the final of the Italian Open is his 22nd career victory over ruling number 1, more than any man or woman in ATP history. or the WTA, according to tennis. com
A day after achieving so many historic feats, Nadal kicked off his 817th week of his career in the top 10, passing American legend Jimmy Connors for the second-largest week of his career in the top 10 in the history of the ATP rankings.
Now the Spaniard is chasing the Swiss Roger Federer, who is currently in eighth place in the world.
While Federer spent 948 weeks in the top 10, Nadal has 817. Djokovic is a distant fifth with 683 weeks.