Roger Federer confessed he is a little surprised to see Rafael Nadal at the world No. 1 spot.
The Swiss is not surprised to see the Spaniard return to form, but considering where they both started the season, he definitely could not see them being at the top now.
The duo started the season ranked at No. 9 (Nadal) and No. 16 (Federer).
In the final stages of the season, though, they occupy the top-two spots in the ATP rankings, having shared the four Grand Slams during the year.
Federer won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon, while Nadal secured French Open and US Open trophies.
Last season’s front runners Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have struggled with injuries and declines in form throughout the year, which has handed Nadal and Federer the unique opportunity to climb up to the very top of the rankings.
Roger Federer admits he was not at all shocked to see Nadal win a 10th French Open title and return to his best.
However, he was surprised to see Murray and Djokovic’s struggle which allowed the 31-year-old a clear path to the top.
"Am I surprised that he’s world No. 1 right now? Maybe a little bit, just because last year we were at the academy both injured, not knowing where our careers were going to go," Federer told Blick.
"I’m not surprised he came back and won the French Open and he wins Grand Slams again and that he was in contention for world No.1.
"But then being world No. 1 is a whole different story.
"For that you also have to see how Murray was going to play, and Djokovic was going to have a word to say, obviously.
"We didn’t know they were going to get hurt and not have their best season."
A season full of injuries and form declines saw Federer and Nadal going back to where they belong.
It will be interesting to see how Murray and Djokovic return and whether they can retain their top spots.
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