Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick was lost for words after seeing a stunning Rafael Nadal stat. On April 25, 2005, an 18-year-old Nadal broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career. On Monday, it was the 17th anniversary of Nadal breaking into the top-10.
Nadal is still a top-10 player as he is ranked at No. 4 in the world. Nadal being a top-10 player 17 years is quite a stat but the fact that he hasn’t left the top-10 since entering it is the best example of Nadal’s greatness.
“This is nonsense,” Roddick tweeted.
This is absurd https://t.co/ixBlXCvzRL — andyroddick (@andyroddick) April 25, 2022
It will be hard to replace Nadal
Nadal will be turning 36 in June and it is not a secret that he doesn’t have that much left on the tour.
David Ferrer, who lost to Nadal in the 2013 French Open final, admitted the post-Nadal stage will be difficult but adds the emergence of Carlos Alcaraz helps. “The post-Nadal stage will be difficult,” Ferrer told La Vanguardia.
“Rafa’s shadow covers a lot. There will be no other player like him. But we are lucky. We have Carlos Alcaraz who is going to be a benchmark for Spanish tennis. But I don’t like to compare him to Rafa because he is unique and different.
He is special.” Meanwhile, Nadal continues to recover from a rib stress fracture he sustained in Indian Wells. Nadal skipped Monte Carlo and Barcelona but is aiming to return to action next week in Madrid. “I think so.
Rafa told me that he expected to play in Madrid. There are 15 days left to see if everything is progressing correctly and if he can be in really good shape. Otherwise it could be complicated for Roland‐Garros which is its main objective,” Toni Nadal told RTVE.
Nadal is already behind in his French Open preparation and he certainly hopes he won’t be forced to skip Madrid as well.