On Monday, an in-form Rafael Nadal will return into the top-3 after Indian Wells, passing Alexander Zverev and joining Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev at the top. The 35-year-old has gathered massive 3350 points in 2022, winning all 20 matches and lifting three titles ahead of the season’s first Masters 1000 event.
Nadal has won five encounters in Indian Wells to reach the title clash, securing 600 points and confirming his top-3 return for the first time since August last year! In 2021, Nadal celebrated the 650th week in the top-3 as the second player since 1973 after Roger Federer.
Still, he could not stay there by the end of the season, winning under 30 encounters and playing only two matches after Roland Garros due to a foot injury. Nadal found himself in the top-3 for the first time after conquering the Roland Garros crown in 2005, just a few days after turning 19.
The Spaniard stayed in the exclusive group for over seven years before dropping out in August 2012.
Rafael Nadal will enter the top-3 again on Monday for the first time in seven months.
Nadal returned there after a brilliant run in 2013 and remained in the top-3 until April 2015.
Struggling with injuries, the Spaniard experienced a couple of mediocre seasons for his standards and barely stayed in the top-10 in 2015 and 2016. Making a fresh start, Rafa was a player to beat again in 2017, claiming the Roland Garros crown and settling in the top-3 again after an extended break.
Nadal has been one of the most consistent players in the next four years, battling with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for Major titles and keeping himself in the mentioned group. Rafa had to step down seven months ago, dealing with injuries in 2021 and playing only a couple of tournaments before calling it a season and stopping his engines.
Nadal gave his best to claim the titles in Barcelona and Rome before experiencing the third Roland Garros loss to Novak Djokovic in the semis. Dealing with a foot injury, the Spaniard played two matches in Washington before wrapping up the year and setting eyes on 2022.