For the first time in 13 years, two of the greatest ever Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not part of the top five tennis rankings. Federer has not been featured on the top five lately while Nadal is expected to fall out of it after losing at the China Open quarterfinals.
According to Tennis World USA, Federer is expected to stay in the seventh spot while Nadal will drop from being fourth down to sixth on Monday. The last time the two legends were out of the top five was in February 2003 when Lleyton Hewitt was atop the rankings followed by Andre Agassi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Andy Roddick.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been struggling with injuries this season. Federer has not played since the Wimbledon tournament in July while Nadal is plagued by wrist injuries and illness. The Spaniard recently lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the 2016 China Open quarterfinals.
According to Steve Tignor of Wimbledon.com, age has caught up with both Federer and Nadal. The Swiss legend has only won one major title after turning 29 years old while Nadal has not won any. Federer is already 35 years old while Nadal is 30 years of age.
The 35-year-old has announced that he will be returning from injury next year at the Hopman Cup. Many experts believe that 2017 could be the final year of his illustrious career. He certainly will go down as the greatest of all time.
In the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the top five, Milos Raonic is expected to jump one place along with Kei Nishikori. Novak Djokovic is barely holding to the top spot with Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka right behind him.
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