Rafael Nadal has moved top of the ATP rankings after the rankings were released yesterday and the Spanish has indicated that it is ‘a special day’ for him.
Rafael Nadal posted on social media; “Being number one after all the things that I have been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable”.
“Today is a special day going back to number one. I’m very happy”.
The ten-time French Open champion have moved top of the rankings for the first time since July 2014 and has been described by ATP President, Chris Kermode “as impressive as any”.
Nadal, 31, who took top spot from Andy Murray on Monday has seen his rise come with series of knee and wrist injuries since first holding top ranking in 2008.
Chris Kermode describing the 15-Grand Slam winner said; “It is unprecedented”.
The ATP President continued; “Rafa has been setting records throughout his remarkable career and this one is as impressive as any. It shows incredible dedication and longevity”.
Rafael Nadal resurgence to the top of the rankings have been aided by injuries to his closest rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic as well as Rodger Federer withdrawing from the Cincinnati Masters due to back injury.
Andy Murray is currently recuperating from a hip injury sustained at Wimbledon while Novak Djokovic is ruled out for the year.
Rodger Federer will be back for the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Monday, August 28.