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No. 3 Stat Of The Year: Rafael Nadal surpasses 800 weeks in a row in the Top 10
The Spaniard reached that milestone in January, and this week is his 848th consecutive week in the elite.
Published Dec 22, 2021
This week we’re counting down our Top 5 Stats Of The Year, one day at a time…
… and coming in at No. 3 is Rafael Nadal becoming the first man to spend 800 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 in ATP rankings history, which he achieved on January 18th this year—and despite missing almost the entire second half of the 2021 season due to a foot injury, he still hasn’t dropped out of the Top 10 to this day, this week being his 848th consecutive week in the elite.
The 35-year-old Nadal made his Top 10 debut as an 18-year-old on April 25, 2005, and he hasn’t left the elite since—that's almost half of his entire life.
MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS IN TOP 10 IN ATP RANKINGS HISTORY (as of this week)
848: Rafael Nadal (2005 to present)
789: Jimmy Connors (1973 to 1988)
741: Roger Federer (2002 to 2016)
619: Ivan Lendl (1980 to 1992)
565: Pete Sampras (1990 to 2001)
Nadal’s 848-week streak in the Top 10 is more than four times longer than the next-longest active streak (Alexander Zverev: 208 weeks in a row).
Neither streak includes the 22 weeks the ATP rankings were frozen between March and August 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Only one woman spent more consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the WTA rankings than Nadal did on the ATP rankings (Martina Navratilova: 1,000 weeks in a row).