The world no. 1 Rafael Nadal has a 100-point lead over the second-ranked Roger Federer in the ATP ranking. The Spaniard retained his ranking successfully by defending his titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and he will have to triumph in Madrid as well in order to continue staying on the throne of the rankings.
But in a recent interview, the 31-year-old admitted that he will soon or later drop out of the top-place, because in the first quarter of 2018 he has just earned 360 points, by reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals.
He withdrew from Brisbane, Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami. ‘I had to sacrifice three months of the year because of injuries. Not playing three months and ending the season as the world no.
1, I would say that it’s not impossible but is very unlikely,’ he said. ‘But it never was my goal. My goal is to be happy doing what I do. It has always been like this, and even more, after the titles I won.
I am happy when healthy and able to compete well. My goal is to feel competitive in all the weeks I play in.’ Despite the recent good results, Nadal is aware that there are no easy matches: ‘You are always in trouble.
You can always lose or win every time you play. I always have the utmost respect for my opponent because anything can happen.’