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Rafael Nadal begins his fifth stint at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings, having first risen to the top spot in August 2008.

Nadal's Journey Continues, Back At No. 1

Spanish superstar starts his 168th week at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings

Rafael Nadal has today returned to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings, beginning his fifth stint at the pinnacle of men’s professional tennis, nine-and-a-half years after he first attained the top spot on 18 August 2008. The icon of the game, who begins his 168th week at No. 1, replaces Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who had held the top ranking since 19 February to extend his record to 308 weeks overall.

The 31-year-old Nadal, who has been omnipresent in the Top 10 since 25 April 2005, is now two weeks shy of sixth-placed John McEnroe’s mark in top spot (170).

Nadal first ascended to the top spot at the age of 22 and has spent four previous stints at No. 1 — 46 weeks between 18 August 2008 and 5 July 2009, 56 weeks from 7 June 2010 to 3 July 2011, 39 weeks between 7 October 2013 and 6 July 2014 and 26 weeks from 21 August 2017 to 18 February 2018. Only Federer (309), Pete Sampras (286), Ivan Lendl (270), Jimmy Connors (268), Novak Djokovic (223) and McEnroe (170) have spent more weeks at No. 1 since August 1973.

In each of the seasons he started his stints at No. 1, Nadal has finished atop the year-end ATP Rankings (2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017).

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THE NUMBER ONES
A list in chronological order of the 26 players who have ranked No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973):

Player Date Reached Age Tot. Weeks
Andy Murray (GBR) 7 November 2016 29 41
Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4 July 2011 24 223
Rafael Nadal (ESP) 18 August 2008 22 168 (as of 2 April 2018)
Roger Federer (SUI) 2 February 2004 22 308
Andy Roddick (USA) 3 November 2003 21 13
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 8 September 2003 23 8
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 19 November 2001 20 80
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 4 December 2000 24 43
Marat Safin (RUS) 20 November 2000 20 9
Patrick Rafter (AUS) 26 July 1999 26 1
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 3 May 1999 25 6
Carlos Moya (ESP) 15 March 1999 22 2
Marcelo Rios (CHI) 30 March 1998 22 6
Thomas Muster (AUT) 12 February 1996 28 6
Andre Agassi (USA) 10 April 1995 24 101
Pete Sampras (USA) 12 April 1993 21 286
Jim Courier (USA) 10 February 1992 21 58
Boris Becker (GER) 28 January 1991 23 12
Stefan Edberg (SWE) 13 August 1990 24 72
Mats Wilander (SWE) 12 September 1988 24 20
Ivan Lendl (CZE) 28 February 1983 22 270
John McEnroe (USA) 3 March 1980 21 170
Bjorn Borg (SWE) 23 August 1977 21 109
Jimmy Connors (USA) 29 July 1974 21 268
John Newcombe (AUS) 3 June 1974 30 8
Ilie Nastase (ROU) 23 August 1973 27 40

NADAL AT NO. 1
A look at the Spanish superstar's match, Top 10 wins and finals record in his four previous stints at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings.

Period At No. 1 Start End Match Record Winning Percentage
1 18 August 2008 29 June 2009 56-8 87.5%
2 7 June 2010 20 June 2011 84-14 85.7%
3 7 October 2013 23 June 2014 54-11 83.1%
4 21 August 2017 12 February 2018 22-3 88.0%
Record At No. 1     216-36 85.7%
Overall Total     877-186 82.5%
Period At No. 1 Start End Record vs. Top 10 Finals Record
1 18 August 2008 29 June 2009 14-5 5-2
2 7 June 2010 20 June 2011 20-8 6-6
3 7 October 2013 23 June 2014 12-7 4-4
4 21 August 2017 12 February 2018 3-3 2-1
Record At No. 1     49-23 17-13
Overall Total     152-83 75-36