“6000 Days Since…”: Amazing Rafael Nadal Stat That Will Blow Your Mind

Published 09/29/2021, 2:31 PM EDT
Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning the match against Jack Sock of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Trying to stay on top of your game for years together is a mammoth task to accomplish for any athlete. In tennis, holding onto your ranking can be extremely difficult with the uncertainty of injuries and talented youngsters making their way to the top. But, Spanish tennis icon Rafael Nadal has bounced back from physical adversities throughout his career.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion recently reached an astonishing landmark, a testament to his consistency.

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Rafael Nadal enters 836th week of staying in top-10 of the ATP rankings

Nadal made his debut on the ATP tour in the year 2002, and ascended to the top-10 ATP rankings in 2005. The climb in the rankings came after the Spaniard won his first-ever Barcelona title.

That year, Nadal also defeated Mariano Puerta in the French Open final and laid the foundation for an invincible legacy in Paris. The former world no.1 claimed 19 more major titles, equaling long-time rival Roger Federer‘s record.

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands at the net after his straight sets victory against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their fourth round match during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Nadal has maintained his spot in the top 10 since his entry there. He holds the record for the longest consecutive duration inside the top-10 rankings of the ATP tour. It is the Spaniard’s 836th week.

Nadal surpassed Jimmy Connors’ record last November for most no. of weeks at top-10

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Last November, Nadal surpassed Jimmy Connors’ record of 789 weeks of being a top-10 ranked player and became the leader in that list. Followed by Nadal and Connors are other stars like Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, and Pete Sampras.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Spaniard, who is currently in rehab after a foot injury, wants to be competitive again at majors next year. Even though the Spaniard didn’t win a major this year, he managed to clinch two clay-court titles at Barcelona and Rome.

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It’s been 6000 days since Rafael Nadal made his entry inside the top-10 of the ATP rankings. In that duration, he has won numerous titles and gathered scores of fans for his immense display of grit in every single match he played over the years.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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