Rafael Nadal leads the ATP race after two major titles

At 36, Rafael Nadal is comfortably leading the ATP race toward Turin. This year, the Spaniard has won two major titles, amassing nearly 2,000 more points than Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas, his closest rivals. Rafa skipped the second part of 2021 with a foot injury, and has made an impressive comeback this season to get back to where he belongs and lead the goat race.

Nadal is 30-3 in 2022, stopping the clock and winning four titles out of five Finals. The Australian Open and Roland Garros are on the list of unbeaten events, and Nadal did so for the first time in his career. Rafa returned to the Melbourne ATP Junior Championships, not only playing at his best but winning the title to earn confidence.

The Spaniard put it to good use at the Australian Open, keeping his footing in check and reaching his sixth final. Nadal made an incredible comeback in the title showdown against Daniil Medvedev.

Rafael Nadal is the ATP race leader after Roland Garros.

He fell 6-2, 7-6, 3-3, 40-0 before overcoming the difference and winning in five hours and 24 minutes.

Nadal topped Acapulco in February and reached the Indian Wells final in March. Suffering a broken rib, Rafa lost to Taylor Fritz in straight sets and took a break until Madrid in May. The Mud King didn’t play at his best in the Spanish capital, and struggled more in Rome versus Denis Shapovalov.

The Spaniard almost retired in the decisive set against the Canadian, and no one knew he would be able to withstand the effort in Paris. Rafa took his doctor with him to Paris and eliminated the foot pain with injections.

This allowed him to perform at a high level and secure the 14th Roland Garros crown from 18 trips to Paris. Nadal has defeated four top-10 players in a row on his way to the 22nd-leading crown, standing at 5,620 points this season.

Young Carlos Alcaraz comes second with a score of 3,820, won two titles of the Masters 1000 and lost in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros to Alexander Zverev after a huge battle. Stefanos Tsitsipas comes in third with 3,670, followed by Casper Ruud, who reached the final at Roland Garros.

Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassim and Daniil Medvedev completed the top eight, while Novak Djokovic finished ninth.

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