Nadal into top spot as Federer slips up

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

With Rafael Nadal's comeback on the ATP throne, the Mallorcan has already spent 168 weeks so far as the world no. 1 and he will achieve a special milestone on Monday, April 16th, during the Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal, who has not hit a ball in anger since pulling out of the Australian Open quarterfinals in January, saw Federer take over top spot on February 18.

Federer was expected to win at Indian Wells and scoop the Miami Open title.

Federer will not be playing the clay-court events this season, for the second year in a row. In this picture, Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on prior a press conference to announce his retirement from the Telcel Mexican Open 2018 at Mextenis Stadium in Acapulco, Mexico, Feb. 27, 2018. His doctor made it clear earlier this year that this injury requires maximum amount of rest and a controlled training regimen rather than his regular schedule.

"He [Nadal] has been training for a week, we go little by little, without doing insane things, because you have to consider that he had two same injuries, basically", Moya said. "He is not at 100% yet".

"We go progressing, the Davis Cup motivates us but we also know that after that, it comes a month and a half without stopping that is very important to him", he said.

However, if he does not win the same tournaments as previous year, Nadal will lose points. And despite his recent injury struggles the Spaniard will be the favorite in all the upcoming major tournaments on clay.

Nadal has been out of action since January following a hip injury; but after Roger Federer's early exit in the Miami Open and his failure to defend his Indian Wells title, the Swiss worldwide dropped down the rankings.

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