Rafael Nadal quietly displaces Jimmy Connors to break long-standing ATP record

It wasn’t to the same fanfare as his 20th Grand Slam win, but Rafael Nadal quietly claimed another piece of tennis history this week.

While he has to share the Grand Slam record with Roger Federer, for now at least, this one is all his.

Nadal can now say that no male player in the history of tennis has spent more consecutive weeks in the world’s top ten.

This week saw him surpass American legend Jimmy Connors to make it a staggering 788 weeks in succession as one of the best ranked ten players in the world.

For context, that is 5516 days. It is 132384 hours. It is 181 months. It is a little over 15 YEARS!

And the really scary thing is he doesn’t look even remotely likely to stop accumulating weeks any time soon. Nor is there anyone else on the list who is in a position to challenge him for the record with Djokovic dropping out of the top 10 back in 2017.

Most consecutive weeks inside the ATP Top Ten:

Rafael Nadal 788 weeks
Jimmy Connors 787 weeks
Roger Federer 734 weeks
Ivan Lendl 619 weeks
Pete Sampras 565 weeks
Novak Djokovic 555 weeks
Stefan Edberg 493 weeks
Guilermo Vilas 484 weeks
Boris Becker 436 weeks
Bjorn Borg 421 weeks
John McEnroe 412 weeks
Mats Wilander 361 weeks
Tomas Berdych 330 weeks
Andy Murray 322 weeks
David Ferrer 292 weeks
Andre Agassi 268 weeks
Ilie Nastase 249 weeks
Michael Chang 245 weeks
Stan Wawrinka 244 weeks
Goran Ivanisevic 209 weeks

Felicidades Rafa!

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