Rafael Nadal is guaranteed to return to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings Monday 21 August, capping his incredible comeback season in 2017. Nadal ended his 2016 season early due to injury but returned to the ATP World Tour in 2017 playing some of the best tennis of his career.
Nadal, 31, has won four tournaments this year, including historic 10th titles at Roland Garros, Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. He has also reached three other finals, including the Australian Open and Miami.
Nadal has spent 141 weeks at the top spot but hasn't been No. 1 since 6 July 2014.
He first ascended to No. 1 on 18 August, 2008 at the age of 22. The Spaniard is the top seed this week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Nadal's return to No. 1 was guaranteed today when Roger Federer was forced to withdraw from Cincinnati due to a back injury.