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Nadal's Hold At No. 1 On The Line In Madrid

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Nadal© Manuel QueimadelosRafael Nadal has been No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings since 7 October 2013.

The World No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking will be in play at next week's Mutua Madrid Open, where Novak Djokovic has a mathematical chance to dethrone Rafael Nadal.

Should defending champion Nadal lose before the quarter-finals and Djokovic win the title, the Serb would regain the top spot for the first time since 6 October 2013. Djokovic lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the Madrid second round last year and has only 10 points to defend, compared to the 1000 points that Nadal will defend. The tournament begins Sunday.

Since ending his 101st week at No. 1, Djokovic has compiled a 31-3 match record.

The Serbian has gone on to win four ATP World Tour titles. He finished 2013 with victory at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris (d. Ferrer) and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Nadal). So far in 2014, he has lifted trophies at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (d. Federer) and the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (d. Nadal).

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During the same period, Nadal has put together a 32-7 mark.

The Spaniard, who is currently spending his 132nd week at No. 1, has won titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (d. Monfils) and the Rio Open presented by Claro hdtv (d. Dolgopolov). He has also reached finals at the Australian Open (l. to Wawrinka) and in Miami.

During the spring European clay-court swing, Nadal has lost in the quarter-finals at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Ferrer) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (l. to Almagro). Djokovic made a semi-final exit to No. 4-ranked Roger Federer in the Monte-Carlo semi-finals.

Here's a breakdown, looking ahead to next week's Mutua Madrid Open.

Emirates ATP Rankings - 28 April 2014

RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
2013 MADRID
1
12900
1000
2
11040
10

Madrid Round By Round

PLAYER
WINNER
FINAL
SF
QF
R16
R32
R64
DNP
1000
600
360
180
90
45
10
0
12900
12500
12260
12080
11990
11945
11910
11900
12030
11630
11390
11210
11120
11075
11040
11030

Here's a look at where Nadal and Djokovic rank for total number of weeks spent at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (as of 28 April 2014).

PLAYER
WEEKS AT NO. 1
302
286
Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)
270
268
170
132
109
101
101

- With statistical assistance from Graham Edgar.

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