Cincinnati | Nadal takes over as No1
Next Monday Rafa Nadal will regain the top world ranking he last held in July 2014 following the announcement the Roger Federer was not playing in the Cincinnati Masters where the two would have been vying for that position.
I have the passion and love for the game. That’s why I’m able to be back in that position again.Rafa Nadal
Federer, who lost the Montreal Masters last weekend to Alexander Zverev, has cited a back strain for his withdrawal and with the current incumbent, Andy Murray absent and consequently losing 600 points from last year, Nadal has been handed the No1 spot.
However both Nadal and Federer could well be contesting that top ranking during the US Open as the Swiss has gained ground on the Spaniard following his run into last week’s final.
“I am very sorry to pull out of the Western and Southern Open as I always enjoy playing,” Federer said. “Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world, and I am sorry I will miss them.
“Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week.”
Nadal, who has spent 141 total weeks in the top spot, became world number one for the first time in August 2008 after a semi-final run at Cincinnati.
“For me to be in that position [No.1] is something very special,” Nadal commented. “I have the passion and love for the game. That’s why I’m able to be back in that position again,”
Nonetheless he admits to have had doubts of ever regaining that spot, adding: “If you don’t have doubts, it’s because you are very arrogant and I’m not very arrogant. There’s a young generation up and coming. It’s very tough to come back and be number one.”
For Federer to have taken the top spot at Cincinnati, he would have had to at least reach the semi-finals.
Had Federer reached the final, Nadal would have had to win the title to stop the Swiss star from becoming number one.
British interest in Cincinnati was cut short when Kyle Edmund was beaten by the Portuguese player, Jaoa Sousa,6-3 2-6 6-3