Spanish tennis is in luck and after the end of the US Open 2021 it has established itself as one of the great world powers, something that it has been for years. A total of 10 national players are among the 100 best in the world and Carlos Alcaraz is the great protagonist, having improved his ATP ranking in 17 positions, ranking 38 in the world, only behind Rafael Nadal (6), Pablo Carreño ( 16) and Roberto Bautista (18). The two men who are most affected in this new update are Alejandro Davidovich (going from 32 to 44 in the world) and Pablo Andújar (going from 74 to 94), while Pedro Martínez has also experienced a great improvement, going from position 75 at 59. In addition, we must highlight the bad news of seeing how Feliciano López leaves the top-100 and his continuity in the streak of appearances in Grand Slam tournaments is called into question, unless he achieves good results between now and the end of the year that allow him to earn a place in the final table of the Australian Open 2022. Carlos Taberner and Bernabé Zapata are close to being able to swell the list of Spaniards among the 100 best, since they are 102 and 120 in the world, respectively.
Rafael Nadal is slowly recovering from his foot injury
Speaking with Eurosport following his landmark victory, Daniel Rincon highlighted how important the influence of Rafael Nadal has been on his growth as an athlete. The Spaniard asserted that development is not only about what you do, but also whom you surround yourself with. “Of course,” Rincon replied when asked if having Rafael Nadal close to him had helped. “It is not only the things that they say to you, it also has a lot to do with who tells you and how they say it to you. Having Rafa so close, sometimes even behind me in training, is a great influence,” he added. “Part of the improvement I have had in recent years has been thanks to him and his environment.” Rincon also asserted that he is as happy and excited to spend time with the 20-time Grand Slam champion today as he was when they first met. “The first few times were a bit tense, it’s true (laughs),” Rincon said. “In the end, Rafa is someone who had many times on television winning Roland Garros and winning other Grand Slams.” Rafael Nadal is slowly recovering from his foot injury. After losing in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021, the Spaniard withdrew from Wimbledon, the US Open, and the rest of the 2021 season. In a recent video, the 20-time grand slam champion was seen having some fun with former professional F1 driver, Nico Rosberg.