With Rafael Nadal set to return to court next month in Montreal – along with Federer, Djokovic, Murray and the rest of the Big Boys – people are already wondering if Rafa’s angling for the No. 1 ranking. The sage Uncle Toni Nadal tried to dampen expectations, speaking recently over Spanish radio as reported in Marca (google translation.)
“‘The important thing is to go slowly, see how it evolves and recover completely,’ said Toni, who confirmed that Nadal is still not 100%.”
“Asked about the possible pressure that his ward may have to recover the number 1 position he lost to Roger Federer, Toni said that ‘there is no such pressure. Rafa will return with the intention of going step by step, tournament by tournament and adding points.‘”
Toni also thanked fans for “The show of affection received by all. Watching the Davis Cup on television, we saw the signs encouraging Rafa in Marbella. He and I are very grateful for that.”
Speaking of rankings, the ATP posted an interesting piece for you points-counters out there (click here):
Roger Federer has a solid grip on the No. 1 position in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings on the eve of the North American summer hard court circuit.
But as we approach the four year mark of the amazing No. 1 & No. 2 dominance of Federer and Rafael Nadal Scotland’s Andy Murray has a strong chance to break the streak and displace Nadal as World No. 2. Federer and Nadal have occupied the top two ranking positions every week since 25 July, 2005.
My guess is that neither Roger nor Rafa are prioritizing the No. 1 spot right now – it’s about Majors. And if for some reason Murray does take over the No. 1 spot – whether it’s from a 15-time or a 6-time Slam champ – will we have the ATP’s version of Dinara-Gate? That could be fun. . .