Daniel Medvedev debuts its status as number one ATP Rankings, on a historic Monday for men’s tennis. 921 weeks later, an unnamed tennis player Nadal, Djokovic, Federer or Murray takes the first position in the classification, but the meteoric progression of his own Rafe Nadal in a perfect 2022 it makes possession of one last much less than the Russian would like. Medvedevalthough he will momentarily lose his crown on March 14 – in favor of Djokovic by giving up the points from Marseille –, he aims to be the dominator of the coming months… if Rafe does not prevent it from Monte Carlo Masters 1000.
Nadal He has added, in just two months of competition and with three tournaments played, a total translated into 2,750 points. The result comes from the titles harvested in melbourne –Summer Set 250 and the Australian Open– and the recent acapulcoin which he precisely defeated the brand new number one Medvedev on his first day, virtual, at the top.
Rafe is another of the proper names in the weekly restructuring of the ATP ranking and is already in fourth position, ahead of Tsitsipas and only behind Zverev, Djokovic and Medvedevwhom he will have a shot at throughout the year with the passing of the tournaments and the arrival of a gravel tour in which, although he defends a large number of points, he will be key to managing the second half of the season, where he was unable to compete in 2021 and, therefore, it enters clean to add everything harvested.
The statements of NadalHowever, they go in the opposite direction to his performance in 2022. While his tennis leads him to aim directly at number one, the man from Manacor assured the media otherwise. «The time of fighting for number 1 passed for me. Physical problems prevented me from ever finishing more than number 1 », he recounted, already in the past tense. “My goals are others and I’m not going to chase him because it would be a mistake chase him”, he completed, dropping that he would not make a different schedule to earn more points, but letting himself go by the wayside that his effectiveness, currently 100%, launches him as the main candidate along with Djokovic and the current leader Medvedev.
Montecarlo, the first opportunity
The first chance to Nadal If he wins number one, it could come at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, as long as the man from Manacor wins first. Indian Wellstournament also of category Masters1000, and Novak Djokovic, As it seems, I didn’t play any of the upcoming tournaments until Belgrade.
Taking into account that Rafe aim not to play in Miamihe would need 2000 points to aspire to the top of the ranking, and also that Daniil Medvedev make 325 points or less between the three championships mentioned above. This leaves Nadal with remote possibilities, since the Russian will be the favorite both in Indian Wells as in Miami as long as there is no sanction from the ATP for belonging to Russia. Zverevanother applicant, would have it more complicated and should make less than 1420 points in the Masters trident.
However, the most realistic scenario for Nadal can arrive in the second half of the season, since once past Roland Garros does not defend points, which will allow him to make good all the harvest of the previous tournaments and from there, return if he maintains a remarkable level to the number one with which he already finished the years 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019.