Rafael Nadal has dropped to seventh in the ATP rankings after being comprehensively beaten by Andy Murray in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday.
It’s the first time in a decade that the Spaniard has not been ranked in the top five tennis players in the world.
Nadal suffered his first defeat against Murray on his favoured surface. It was a comprehensive victory for the Scout, beating Nadal 6-3 6-2 in his own backyard. It was the second ATP title on clay for Murray in as many weeks, after winning in Munich.
2005 was the last time Nadal dropped to seventh. The Spaniard is looking to get back into the top five as he is set to play in the Rome Masters.
The surprise defeat to Murray the ‘King of Clay’ may become nervous when he defends his French Open title in a just under a fortnights time.
Nadal will be under real pressure from World number one Novak Djokovic who is looking to become only the eighth player to complete a grand slam.
The Serb has won Wimbledon, Australian and US Open in his career but his never managed to get his hands on a trophy that has been held aloft by Nadal nine times.
Djokovic will see this as a perfect opportunity to do get that grand slam with Nadal having now lost four times on clay this year alone.
With a busy two months in the ATP calendar Nadal will be looking to play in and win the majority of them as he looks not just to get into the worlds top five but once again challenge to be world number one.