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Jannik Sinner celebrates Rafael Nadal: “His love for tennis is incredible”

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Rafael Nadal’s record ended 912 weeks later. The Spanish tennis player, today 20 March, in the weekly update of the ATP ranking, left the top 10, where he made his entry for the first time since his entry, which took place on 24 April 2005.

17 years later and a little more, several tennis players on the Tour paid tribute to the twenty-two times Grand Slam champion, in a video released by the ATP that collects all the messages released by some tennis players on the circuit.

In this video, words of praise also came from Italy’s number one Jannik Sinner, one of the tennis players who overtook the Spaniard in the ranking this weekend, after the semifinal won at Indian Wells.

The Italian said: “These are incredible numbers, numbers that demonstrate his love for tennis, he has inspired and continues to inspire so many tennis players. So many years in the top 10, the love he has for tennis is incredible.”

The words of others, from Murray to Rublev

Like him, numerous other tennis players were gathered by the ATP to pay homage to Nadal’s record, extending the words of praise to the Spanish champion’s entire career: Medvedev, Zverev, Ruud, Auger Aliassime took part, but also tennis players who have shared the majority of these 17 years of dominating the top 10 with him.

“The records set in this era I don’t think will ever be surpassed,” says another Grand Slam champion like Andy Murray, in unison with the rest of the Tour.

“Rafa is still at the level of the best, he can still win Grand Slams and the most important tournaments. As long as he has this level, he will be a top player and the ranking doesn’t matter,” says Andrey Rublev.

Same message also given by Zverev and Ruud, who says: “He’s been able to come back so many times and I’m sure he’ll already be competitive for the clay court season. If everything goes as it should, he’ll be fit, happy and ready and then I hope to see him soon in the top 10.”

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