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Nadal reaches 200 weeks at No. 1: Great Spaniard becomes just the sixth player to attain 200-week milestone

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 26 Nov 2019
  • Rafael Nadal is celebrating his 200th week as World No. 1
  • The great Spaniard is the sixth player to attain the 200-week milestone
Rafael Nadal (PA Sport)

Spanish great, Rafael Nadal is celebrating his 200th week as world No. 1, becoming the sixth player to reach that milestone since the computerized rankings were introduced in 1973.

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Nadal began his 200th week at No. 1 on Monday, 25 November, joining Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, and Jimmy Connors in reaching the landmark.

Nadal regained the No. 1 ranking from Djokovic on 4 November, starting his eighth spell as the top man in the rankings, just over 11 years after he first attained the position. The Spaniard first rose to No. 1 on 18 August 2008.

Players to have spent 200 weeks or more as World No. 1

PlayerTotal Weeks at No. 1Longest Streak at No. 1 (Weeks)
Roger Federer310237
Pete Sampras286102
Novak Djokovic275122
Ivan Lendl270157
Jimmy Connors268160
Rafael Nadal20056

*Active players in bold


The 33-year-old put together an excellent 2019, winning major titles at Roland Garros and the US Open to take his Grand Slam tally up to 19- just one behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20. The Spaniard also won Masters 1000 titles in Rome and Montreal, and crowned a brilliant season by propelling Spain to a sixth Davis Cup title.

This is the fifth time Nadal has secured the year-end No. 1 ranking, matching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in that department. Pete Sampras, with six, holds the record for the most year-end No. 1 finishes. 

Nadal has an 840-point lead over Novak Djokovic on top of the rankings, with both men set to begin the 2020 season at the ATP Cup in Australia.


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