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Nadal to Leave ATP Top 10 For The First Time in 18 Years After Indian Wells

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Time will be called next week on what should be one of the most unbreakable ranking records in tennis history. Rafael Nadal is due to leave the Top 10 of the ATP Tour rankings for the first time since April 2005, when he was just 18 years old. His record of 912 weeks is over a hundred more than second placed Jimmy Connors while Novak Djokovic’s streak ended at just 555 back in 2016.

With Nadal suffering numerous lengthy injuries throughout his career, it does show how impressive his record is to maintain his placing while often missing 3-4 months a year, if not more in some cases. The latest of these is the leg injury that has kept him out of action since the Australian Open, where he departed early against Mackenzie Macdonald. His fall to No. 11 was confirmed after 2022 Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz made the semi finals in Acapulco to account for his potential points loss in his title defence.

The Top 10 on the week Nadal was last outside it was headed up by Roger Federer while a host of other former No.1’s also had a place there – including Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and Carlos Moya were also amongst the 10. The man perceived to be Nadal’s heir, Carlos Alcaraz, was just one at this time.

It’s unlikely that Nadal will be out of the Top 10 for long as long as he makes his return on the clay. He defends only a Madrid quarter final and Rome R16 before Roland Garros, performances that he really should better this time round.

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Aaron Higgs
Aaron Higgs
Experienced tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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