Rafael Nadal Takes Back His World Number One Ranking After Four Year Gap
Rafael Nadal surprised a lot of people in 2017 with the way he turned things around as tennis commentators and pros had written off the former world number one who struggled to in 2015 and 2016 after coming back from injury. Nadal dropped to the number 10 spot in 2015, which was his lowest spot since 2005 and many felt that it was time for Nadal to retire.
Nadal Overcomes Two Year Slump
The Spaniard was determined to prove his critics wrong and put in a lot of time working on his fitness and even ended up changing his coach after over a decade in a bid to regain top form. That was a hard decision as his uncle Toni Nadal had been his coach for the last 12 years. Rafa decided to hire Carlos Moya in early 2017 and started his quest to regain the number one ranking.
Tennis fans were excited to see Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer make it to the Australian Open finals. The two greats have had a great rivalry over the years and Federer who had also gone through a rough patch, got the better of Nadal. The fact that Nadal was able to make it to the final of a grand slam, gave him a lot of confidence and he took it into Roland Garros. He went on to win another French Open and proved that he still had what it takes to play with the best and beat the best.
Back To Being World Number One
Nadal has reached more ATP World Tour finals in 2017 than any other tennis player. He has made it to 7 finals, winning four and finishing as runner-up in three. He has now regained his World Number one ranking after a period of four years at the Cincinnati Open which is currently taking place. Nadal stated that he was excited to be named the number one ranked player in the world and said it was a very satisfying feeling after fighting so hard during the last couple of years.
While credit must be given to Nadal’s comeback and hard work, it would also be amiss to not highlight the fact that his journey to the world number one ranking has been made easier due to the fact that Andy Murray and Novak Djovkovic have battled injuries that have kept them out of a number of tournaments. Murray, Djovkovic and Federer have all pulled out of the Cincinnati Open.
Rafael Nadal will have to play well at the U.S Open if he is to keep his number one ranking as Roger Federer and Andy Murray also have a crack at taking over the number one ranking.