Rafael Nadal: Replaces Roger Federer as No. 1
Rafael Nadal must be feeling like top of the world. A day after winning an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, Nadal officially succeeded Roger Federer of Switzerland and becomes the world's No. 1 player. This news is confirmed on the basis of ATP rankings that have been brought out on Monday.
Sources have thrown more light on the news of Rafael Nadal. This twenty two year old tennis player from Spain has won eight ATP singles titles this year. These include his victories over Federer in the finals of both French Open and Wimbledon and thus have created a 70-8 record. He has won 38 of his last 39 matches on Tour.
Rafael Nadal has beaten Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in straight sets Sunday to win the Olympic gold medal.
"I am playing an unbelievable season, no doubt". "I have to be very happy for everything. The feeling, for sure, is very happy for being number one, but the feeling doesn't change too much because the last years I did very well, too. It is a satisfaction ... I want to enjoy these two days probably, but later I have to be focused on New York [for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday]." The comment has put forward by Rafael Nadal himself.
Twenty seven year old Roger Federer has secured the top for a record of two hundred and thirty seven weeks. Rafael Nadal has secured second rank behind Federer for a record 160 consecutive weeks, since Feb. 2, 2004.
Rafael Nadal is the 24th player to be ranked No. 1 since the rankings started from the year 1973, joining others like Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003) and Carlos Moya (1999).
Rachael Nadal is the 5th left-hander to have secured the top spot, and the first being Marcelo Rios of Chile in the year 1998.
Before Federer, American Andy Roddick has retained No.1 position from November 2003 to early February 2004.
Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia is back on top so far as women’s rankings is concerned.