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Rafael Nadal has passed Jimmy Connors for most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

Nadal Breaks Connors' Record For Most Consecutive Weeks In Top 10

Spanish star has been among elite group since April 2005

Rafael Nadal is celebrating another achievement this week having broken Jimmy Connors’ record for the most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings.

Five weeks on from capturing a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam championship crown with his 13th Roland Garros trophy, the Spanish superstar has now spent 790 consecutive weeks among the elite.

Most Consecutive Weeks In Top 10 Of FedEx ATP Rankings

Player Consecutive Weeks At No. 1 Dates
1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) 790 25 April 2005-present
2) Jimmy Connors (USA) 789 23 August 1973-25 September 1988
3) Roger Federer (SUI) 734 14 October 2002-31 October 2016
4) Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA) 619 7 July 1980-10 May 1992
5) Pete Sampras (USA) 565 10 September 1990-1 July 2001
6) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 555 19 March 2007-29 October 2017
7) Stefan Edberg (SWE) 493 9 September 1985-12 February 1995
8) Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 484 12 August 1974-20 November 1983
9) Boris Becker (GER) 436 8 July 1985-7 November 1993
10) Bjorn Borg (SWE) 421 3 June 1974-20 June 1982

Nadal first broke into the Top 10 on 25 April 2005 at the age of 18, just one more prior to capturing his first Grand Slam championship crown at 2005 Roland Garros. American Connors was ever-present in the Top 10 for 789 weeks from 23 August 1973, when the FedEx ATP Rankings were first established, to 25 September 1988.

The 34-year-old Nadal overtook Roger Federer’s mark of 734 consecutive weeks on 22 May 2019 after winning a record-extending ninth Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (d. Djokovic). Federer was among the Top 10 in successive weeks between 20 May 2002 and 31 October 2016, prior to a right knee injury ended the Swiss’ season.

Serbia’s Djokovic, who is currently in second place behind Federer for most weeks at No. 1 (292 weeks), spent 555 consecutive weeks among the Top 10 between 19 March 2007 to 29 October 2017, when he dropped out of the elite group due to a right elbow injury. He returned to the Top 10 on 16 July 2018.

Federer has spent the most weeks overall in the Top 10 of the FedEx ATP Rankings with 921 weeks, followed by Connors (816), Nadal (790), Andre Agassi (747) and Ivan Lendl (671). Djokovic is currently in sixth place on 656 weeks.