Nadal and Muguruza, at the top of the world tennis rankings
Rafael Nadal and Garbiñe Muguruza have made history by climbing to the top of the world ranking at the same time. While Rafa stands atop the ATP ranking, Garbiñe rules in WTA, showing the world the strength of this sport in our country.
This achievement goes beyond mere statistics. Before, it had happened only in USA and Germany, with Andre Agassi and Serena Williams (2003), Agassi again and Lindsay Davenport (2000), and Boris Becker and Steffi Graf (1991).
Garbiñe Muguruza’s ascent came only indirectly, when CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) and thus snatched the ruling position in the WTA ranking from her.
Muguruza is the second sportswoman from Spain to reach No. 1. Before her, it was Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995). Also, she is the fifth Spanish sportsperson to do it, along with Sánchez Vicario, Carlos Moyá (1999), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003) and Rafa Nadal (2008).
This has been her best season since her debut in the top echelon of world tennis. She won her first Wimbledon title (her second Grand Slam after the French Open in 2016) and the Cincinnati Open.
Nadal: 145 weeks at the top
In the case of Rafael Nadal, the US Open victory secured his place as No. 1, after returning to the top on 21 August – a position he had not held since 6 July 2014.
Nadal climbed to the top of the ATP ranking for the first time on 18 August 2008 and held this position for 46 weeks, until 5 July 2009. He did it again on 6 June 2010 and clung to the top position for 56 weeks, until 3 July 2011. And then again on 7 October 2013, ruling for 39 weeks.
This will be his 145th week at the top of the ranking – quite a feat, but also a reward to his efficient performance this season, grabbing victories at the US Open for the third time, the French Open for the tenth time, the Mutua Madrid Open, the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open. Nadal’s Grand Slam singles titles amount to 16 so far.