“Gutted but so proud of Rafa” – Fans react as Rafael Nadal falls out of the top 10 of ATP singles rankings for the first time in 18 years

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22-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal has dropped down four spots to No.13, and out of the top 10 in the latest ATP rankings.

Rafael Nadal has slipped out of the top 10 of the men’s singles rankings for the first time since 2005. The 22-time Grand Slam Champion has been in the Top 10 since April 2005 but fell to No.13 in the latest ATP rankings after being out of action for more than two months in 2023.

While Nadal dropped out of the top 10, his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz climbed up to the No.1 spot in the rankings following his victory against Daniil Medvedev at the Indian Wells to clinch the title.

Nadal has been out of action with a hip injury since the Australian Open earlier this year. He recently announced his decision to withdraw from the Indian Wells and the Miami Masters as well.

The Spaniard hasn’t played a match since his second-round loss at the Australian Open. Nadal is currently undergoing a full recovery and will look to be back in time for the European clay court season and try to climb back to the top 10 of the singles rankings.

Fans react to Rafael Nadal dropping out of the Top 10 of the ATP rankings

Let us take a look at some of the reactions from fans on social media.

“Wimbledon screwed Rafael Nadal the most, by not giving him his deserved ranking points. Nadal would have been conformably #6”, wrote a fan.

“Gutted but so proud of Rafa”, tweeted another disappointed fan.

“That is amazing! Nadal won 2 majors last year and now he’s out of the top 10 in March! Djokovic won 2 of the last 3 majors and just lost #1But what matters is Paris, and both are going for #23!Nole & Rafa won 8 of the last 10 majors”, read a tweet.

“He’ll win in Montecarlo and just like that be back where he belongs. No stress”, tweeted another confident fan.

Another fan wrote: “Most people don’t play for 18 years professional career. This guy is a beast. Despite his injuries, he had managed to stay on top of the game for so long consistently. Records are meant to be broken but I don’t see this record broken.”

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Edited by: Gerard Crispin