This is your regular update for Rafa ATP world # 1 ranking conquest.
In this thread,we will focus on Rafael Nadal's performances during the HC season to analyse progressively his move towards the # 1 spot.
We would like to congratulate Rafa for capturing the top spot of men's tennis following his win against Nicolas Lapentti yesterday in Cincinnati 7-6(3) 6-1.
In fact,that win has confirmed Rafa to be officially the new ATP world # 1 player by August 18 depending on his results this weekend:
- If Nadal wins the title, he will become No. 1 this Monday.
- If Nadal loses in the final he will become No. 1 on August 11
- If Nadal loses in the semifinals he will become No. 1 on August 18.
For sure,Rafa might come short for his SF encounter against Djokovic tonight but the most important job has been done,with the # 1 spot in his pocket,he deserves to rest for a while,recharge his batteries and then embark on a new campaign to try to capture his first HC slam in US open and he will be undoubtedly one of the serious contenders this year for the title.
So,many months of hard work and patience have finally paid off as Rafa has been waiting for a record 158 straight weeks as # 2 expecting to capture the top spot one day.
To achieve it,Rafa had absolutely to become a much better player and that what he has been doing in this couple of years.
Tennis experts were impressed the way he has been improving his game over the last couple of years.
From a claycourt specialist,Nadal has become an all-court player.
The new changes he put into his game:effective serve,better net game,powerful flat backhand and an overall aggressive game which allowed him to win back to back RG and Wimbledon can do wonders on HC,as well.
Rafa proved that he could also play the same aggressive game in HC with the results he has achieved these last weeks.
This is James Blake's statement:
"With his talent level it's making him one the best hard courters in the world, because he's changed his serve a little bit in terms of mixing it up a little better. He does a much better job now of taking the offense as soon as he can instead of waiting and being patient like he does on clay.
When I played him this year in Miami and Indian Wells he was definitely a different player in terms of his level of improvement. He's changed his game to the point where he's definitely one of the best hard courters in the world. And if not the favorite, one of the two or three favorites to win the US Open for sure."
All Rafa fans are invited to celebrate these historical good news by clicking to the link below to view some of Rafa's best shots on slow motion:
Congratulations and Vamos Rafa!!!