Nadal slips down rankings despite stunning season

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Nadal slips down rankings despite stunning season

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The weird world of tennis rankings was once again highlighted this week when, despite winning a record breaking eighth French Open crown, Rafael Nadal dropped down one place to world number five.

In a system where defending ranking points from last season’s exploits is key Nadal lost a place as he won Roland Garros last year and will not be adding any points to his ranking total.

Contrasting fortunes for his Sunday opponent and fellow Spaniard, David Ferrer, who moves up to world number four after reaching his first career grand slam finale.

Nadal has made a stunning return to tennis since being sidelined for almost seven months with a knee injury.

Since his return in February, the King of Clay has reached all nine finals of the tournaments he’s played, winning seven of them. But almost unfairly that’s not good enough to stop him from slipping down the rankings.