Nadal is Number One of the World after the Eighth title in Rome: Rafael Nadal is again the number one in the world ranking. Also eighth time in his career, the Spaniard won the gravel tournament of Rome and got enough points to redeem Roger Federer, says the FOX News Point.
The 31-year old Nadal defeated in the final match in the Italian capital Alexander Zverev in three sets: 6-1, 1-6 and 6-3. By the way, Nadal was also the number one week ago, but due to his defeat in the quarterfinals in Madrid, he had to give that place to Federer, who missed the entire gravel season.
Nadal was number one in the world for the first time in 2008, is starting his 174th week as a leader. He is sixth behind Federer (309 weeks), Pete Sampras (286 weeks), Ivan Lendl (270 weeks), Jimmy Connors (268 weeks) and Novak Djokovic (223 weeks).
Nadal has to be number one in the coming weeks. Last year he took his tenth title at Roland Garros and so he has many points to defend. The Grand Slam tournament in Paris starts on Sunday 27 May.
In Rome, the counter of Nadal is now on eight titles, although it seemed to go wrong in the final battle against Zverev. After losing the first set, the German thought he had found an answer to Nadal’s power tennis.
In the decisive third set, 21-year-old Zverev, number three of the world, led 3-1 when it started to rain. The storm came as a gift from heaven for Nadal, who was not in the race at all.
After a short break, Nadal won his service game, then went back to the locker room when it started to rain again. After a little hour, the players emerged on the track again. Nadal then no longer lost a game and secured the first place in the rankings.