A tennis expert noted that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in an unlikely place in the world rankings in the sport. The Swiss Maestro is ranked seventh while the Spanish pro is at fifth in the latest ATP rankings.
“Federer AND Nadal are not ranked in world top-4 for 1st time since 23 Jun 2003, 2 weeks before the Swiss won his 1st of 17 Grand Slam titles,” Gracenot Olympic posted on Twitter.
So it’s more than 13 years ago that both Nadal and Federer are out of the elite group in tennis. Federer has struggled with injuries and that has caused his rankings to drop. Nadal has also struggled with being hurt and only lately that he has started playing well in ATP tournaments.
This hurts more for Federer as he wants to hold off World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in getting more Grand Slam titles for the race for their “greatest player of all time” rivalry. Djokovic has 12 majors championships, five short of Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles, which is the world record.
Nadal has been touted as a washed-up player after struggling with injuries in recent years and there are no signs he can still keep up with the likes of Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori in major tournaments.
It’s weird to see both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal out of the elite group in tennis. But it’s not surprising even after their dominant run the past decade. There is a changing of the guard happening in the sport and Federer and Nadal are simply losing the battle against age and injuries.
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