Rafael Nadal has not been on top of the Emirates ATP World Rankings since July 3rd, 2011. If Nadal reaches the finals this week in Beijing at the China Open, he will claim the No. 1 spot in the World from Novak Djokovic who has held his spot on top of the rankings for over 2 years.
Nadal is having one of the best years of his career, compiling a 61-3 match record winning over 95% of his matches this 2013 season. Nadal has added two major titles (French Open & U.S. Open) to go along with 5 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2013. Since returning from an injured left knee, ultimately causing Nadal to miss the 2012 U.S. Open & the 2013 Australian Open, Nadal has been the most dominate player in the sport.
Nadal quoted after winning his first round match over Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-4, “I have an opportunity to finish the season with good feelings. There are important tournaments left to play, and here is one of those tournaments. Every match means a lot for me today.”