Nadal, a shot from “number one”

Without this being his main objective at this stage of his sports career, Rafa Nadal has a chance to return to “number one” in the ATP “ranking” and finish top this season.

Victories in the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the 2022 route propelled the Balearic Islands onto the list. With his fourteenth victory at Roland Garros, he added a whopping 2,000 points, to the 720 he had last year when he reached the semi-finals.

Besides his merits, the Manacor tennis player was also lucky in this regard with the decision taken by the Wimbledon tournament not to distribute points due to the non-participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in 2022.

After three years without stepping on the grass at the All England Club in London, Nadal added and did not lose when he reached the semi-final. Meanwhile, his biggest rival in all, Novak Djokovic, has lost earnings from the previous campaign despite revalidating the title to gold due to the controversial move by the organization.

To this must be added the untimely and spectacular injury of Alexander Zverev on clay in Paris, precisely when he faced the Balearic Islands.

The only one left in the equation is a Daniil Medvedev who is watching, for the moment and not for long, the others at the top of the “ranking”. Sin embargo, el ruso debería terminar el año casi con pleno de victorias para evitar el sorpaso del ganador de 22 ‘grandes’, como así reconoció: ‘number one'”.

Medvedev needs to match the great end to the season he had last year in Canada, Cincinnati and New York in order not to lose a large number of points, which seems difficult given the level that Nadal and Djokovic display in their particular fight to be the most successful tennis player in history. The US Open, the last Grand Slam of 2022, is next.

Alvin Nguyen

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