Rafael Nadal drops out of top-10 after 18 years

Rafael Nadal drops out of top-10 for the first time in 18 years

Rafael Nadal drops out of top-10 for the first time in 18 years

Rafael Nadal dropped out of top-10 in the ATP rankings for the first time in 18 years.

The Spaniard kicked off his top-10 journey in April 2005, enduring all the obstacles and staying in the elite company for a record 912 weeks.

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The 36-year-old Nadal is battling time and injuries for the past few months and has dropped to No 13 in the rankings.

Nadal has spent a total of 209 weeks at the top of the world rankings and was the year-end No 1 for five seasons — 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019.

After an incredible start to 2022, when he won the first two Grand Slams of the year — Australian Open and French Open — Nadal has been struggling for fitness and form.

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He had to withdraw from Wimbledon due to an abdominal injury and went down to Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round of US Open.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion began his season at the United Cup before losing in the second round of the Australian Open to American Mackenzie McDonald.

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He later informed his fans that he had suffered a, ‘grade 2 injury in the iliopsoas muscle in my left leg,’ in Melbourne.

Nadal withdrew from the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Masters.

“It’s been a while since I don’t communicate with you,” he wrote on social media in late February.

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“Took my time off, started rehab, gym and physiotherapy as instructed by the doctors. Getting ready to come back the in the best conditions.

“I am sad that I won’t be able to compete at Indian Wells nor Miami. Very sad not to be there. I’ll miss all my US fans but I hope to see them later this year during the summer swing.”

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Last year, Nadal reached the final at Indian Wells, the first ATP Masters 1000 event of the season.