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Nadal overtakes Federer's top-10 streak

Nadal overtakes Federer's top-10 streak

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Jimmy Connors holds the record for most consecutive weeks in the top 10, but the Spaniard has moved ahead of the Swiss great.

Rafael Nadal has now occupied a place in the world's top 10 for 735 consecutive weeks, passing Roger Federer for the second-longest streak in the history of the ATP rankings.

Nadal made a statement on Sunday ahead of defending his French Open title in Paris, dispatching Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Internazionali d'Italia final.

The victory ended his wait for a first tournament win in 2019, the Spaniard having underwhelmed on clay so far this year, losing semi-finals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

Nadal closing in on Jimmy Connors

But the 11-time Roland Garros champion made light work of the current world number one in Rome, even though he was taken to three sets.

There was further good news on Monday for Nadal, who has been ensconced inside the top 10 since April 25, 2005.

He has overtaken Federer on the all-time list when it comes to top 10 appearances in consecutive weeks, with only Jimmy Connors (789) left ahead of him on the all-time list.