Raa Nadal may drop from top 2 after 1,350 days

Daniil Medvedev threatens Rafael Nadal. The Russian tennis player -who accumulates 20 wins in a row on the professional circuit- beat Tsitsipas in the semifinals of Australian Open (6-4, 6-2 and 7-5) and he is already a new number three in the ATP ranking. A climb that can culminate next Sunday: if he beats Novak Djokovic, Medvedev will overtake Rafa Nadal to become world number two.

Rafa Nadal accumulates 1,350 days just behind Novak Djokovic. The tennis player from Manacor rose to second place on June 11, 2017, remaining immobile as number two since that date. Nadal currently has 9,850 points, 115 more than Medvedev and 2,180 less than a Djokovic who has secured number one until next March after the elimination of Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open against a heroic Tsitsipas.

It may seem trivial, but the positions in the ATP ranking they are not something just anecdotal. For example, if Daniil Medvedev lifts his first Grand Slam next Sunday and is able to hold that second place until Roland Garros, Nadal’s third position could cause him to face Djokovic in a supposed semi-final of the French tournament.

Medvedev’s spectacular streak

For the moment, 2021 is being an immaculate year for Daniil Medvedev, a man who has not lost since last October 30, when he lost in the quarterfinals of the Vienna Open 250 against Kevin Anderson. There are twenty games in a row without losing, a spectacular mark that nevertheless is still far from the 46 that Argentine Guillermo Vilas established in 1977.

Next Sunday, the Russian tennis player will play his second Grand Slam final. The first was precisely against Nadal, who managed to beat him in the very final of the US Open in 2019. A year and a half later, the Russian tennis player returns to face another one with much more maturity and with the aim of becoming number two in the world.