20-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal continues to break the record despite only playing half a season at the age of 35. The Spaniard has played a total of 11 tournaments in 2021 and won 2 titles, the ATP-500 Barcelona Open 12th of his career and then won Rome Masters Tournaments 2021 for the 10th time in their careers, both record wins at tournaments.
Nadal has only played two Grand Slams this year. In Australian Open 2021, he made it to the quarterfinals before losing in the previous 5 sets Stefanos Tsitsipas who went 0-2 in the third set. It was only the second time in a Grand Slam match that Nadal had taken a 2-0 lead and lost the match.
Defend your title at Expansion Solutions in 2021, Nadal lost in the semi-finals first Novak Djokovic in a thrilling 4th set in his 3rd loss at the Slam in Paris. While running in Paris, he injured his leg and eventually forced him to retreat from the Wimbledon 2021 and can only play Washington Open 2021 before the end of the 2021 season due to foot problems.
Starting the year with a world No. 2 position, Nadal’s absence from tournaments and the rise of young players, his ranking slipped to 6th in the world after finishing the tournament. ATP Finals 2021, the last tournament of the season on the Tour. With another Top 10 finish at the end of the year, Nadal now has 17 consecutive years in the Top 10.
Nadal broke the original record due to Jimmy Connors was in the Top 10 from 1973 to 1988. Behind Connors is Roger Federer who spent 14 consecutive years in the Top 10 from 2002 to 2015.
Rafael Nadal is coming back in 2022
Nadal in an effort to prepare for the 2022 season will have a small comeback at Mubadala Tennis World Championship 2021 in Abu Dhabi, where he is the most successful player with 5 championships and is also the defending champion this year.
With Federer absent for at least the first half of the 2022 season thanks to his recovery from surgery and Djokovic declined to comment on his vaccination status that could lead to him not being able to play 2022 Australian Open. With two of his 20 Grand Slam titles among the next, the Spaniard could become the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles if he wins Melbourne next year. .
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