They are the history of tennis. And they write more history at every turn. It is now 16 years since Rafael Nadal, flaming champion for the 12th year in Barcelona, reached the Top 10 of the world rankings and since then, on a day like today, he and Roger Federer remain in the ATP elite.
Nadal is 34 years old and will be 35 in just over a month, while Federer, 39, will reach 40 in August. That does not imply that they are not still among the best on the professional circuit and playing for more glory, beyond the problems physicists they went through in their careers.
They are, in short, the two top Grand Slam champions, with 20 titles each. Federer reached that historic mark at the 2018 Australian Open and was equaled by Nadal at Roland Garros 2020. And they continue to seek more history, with Novak Djokovic, world No. 1, at 18, as a staunch threat.
For this reason, a day like today is historic for tennis: there are already 17 times seeing Nadal and Federer together in the Top 10 of the world rankings. In general, they were among the top three or four and now the Spaniard regained No. 2 in the ranking, to the detriment of Russian Daniil Medvedev, while the Swiss figure 8th.
Owners of numerous records, Nadal and Federer now indulge in remaining among the best, despite the onslaught of the new generation, with names of greater weight and figures that appear stronger and stronger. They, each in their own way and with their own style, fight and are protagonists.
A day like today, Nadal and Federer in the Top 10 of the ATP:
2005: 1st Federer and 7th Nadal
2006: 1st Federer and 2nd Nadal
2007: 1st Federer and 2nd Nadal
2008: 1st Federer and 2nd Nadal
2009: 1st Nadal and 2nd Federer
2010: 1st Federer and 3rd Nadal
2011: 1st Nadal and 3rd Federer
2012: 2nd Nadal and 3rd Federer
2013: 2nd Federer and 5th Nadal
2014: 1st Nadal and 4th Federer
2015: 2nd Federer and 4th Nadal
2016: 3rd Federer and 5th Nadal
2017: 4th Federer and 5th Nadal
2018: 1st Nadal and 2nd Federer
2019: 2nd Nadal and 4th Federer
2020: 2nd Nadal and 4th Federer
2021: 2nd Nadal and 8th Federer