Revery #1 position in the ATP rankings is what Rafael Nadal was no longer one of his main targets, but the situation placed the Spaniards tennis the player is very close to returning to the throne, a privileged position he last relinquished in February 2020.
His triumph at Roland Garros bolstered his hopes and all that remained was hope that his chronic foot injury would heal and allow him to continue competing this season.
Nadal recovered and competed at Wimbledon three years after his last appearance, except that the tournament did not hand out ranking points on that edition, which would have helped him continue his climb in the rankings.
Despite an injury to Rafa’s stomach that kept him out of the semi-finals with Nick Kyrgios, the blow to the rankings was dealt Novak Djokovic.
Current #1, Daniil Medvedevpredicted that its Spanish counterpart could be No. 1 again by the end of 2022.
“I know that at the end of the year, if I don’t try to win all the remaining tournaments, Rafa will probably be number one,” Medvedev told ATP.
The Russian tennis player must defend the 1,000 points he scored last year in Canada and then do the same at the US Open (2000).
He is currently performing in Los Cabos and will then travel to Canada, Cincinnati and New York.
but what Medvedev says it’s logical, because Rafa, who has played just eight tournaments this year (four titles and five finals), last season played only two matches in Washington after Roland Garros.
In other words, from now until the end of the season, he will practically only add.
On the US tour, he plans to play the Masters 1000 in Montreal and then go to the US Open, bypassing Cincinnati.
He has not played in Canada and Cincinnati since 2013 as he prefers not to play tournaments the week before the Grand Slam.
Likely after the US Open
Of note, Nadal is currently in first place in the 2022 race with 5620 points, followed by Carlos Alcaraz (4270).
Looking directly at the overall rankings, Nadal is 685 points behind. Zverev and 1460 points behind Medvedev.
The math suggests that the 22nd Grand Slam winner could climb to the top of the ATP rankings as early as August 22 after Cincinnati, even if he doesn’t play.
to make it happen Medvedev I would have had to hold several failed tournaments.
The most realistic scenario would be to return to the throne after the US Open, as Rafa will play there for 2,000 points.
Medvedev will fight throughout the American tour for 4250 points and will defend 3860.
Meanwhile, Djokovic will be taken out of discussion until next season if he is finally not allowed to compete in the US Open.
Apart from Wimbledon, he also missed the Australian Open this year, which was won by Nadal, so he is going through a year of constant points loss.