It’s official: the ATP confirmed that Rafael Nadal broke Jimmy Connors’ record for time in the world Top 10. The Spanish reached 790 consecutive weeks this Monday in the elite, leaving behind the mark of the American.
Despite various injuries and problems, Nadal reached 790 weeks per hour as the Top 10, since settled there on April 25, 2005, surpassing the retired Connors, who remained in that select lot between August 23, 1973 and September 25, 1988.
Currently being the No. 2 in the world, at 34 years old, the Manacor southpaw has a clear margin to continue increasing this historical record on the men’s circuit.
In addition, neither Roger Federer nor Novak Djokovic will be able to take away this record: the Swiss was 734 weeks, the third mark, between 2002 and 2016 and left the Top 10 at the time due to an operation that marginalized him for six months from the circuit, meanwhile that the Serbian erbium reached 555 in row 2007 and 2017, also aside from physical inconveniences.
The Argentinian Guillermo Vilas It is the best Latin American on this list: it reached 484 consecutive weeks as Top 10 between 1974 and 1983, being the eighth best streak.