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Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal set to make tennis history 

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal are all set to make history on Monday following Casper Ruud’s defeat to Yoshihito Nishioka, which saw him losing the No.2 spot.

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal are all set to make history on Monday following Casper Ruud’s defeat to Yoshihito Nishioka, which saw him losing the No.2 spot.

After Ruud’s defeat, Nadal is set to take the No.2 position in the rankings on Monday. As a result, Alcaraz and Nadal will become the first ever Spanish players to occupy the top two spots in the rankings simultaneously. 

This has been only possible due to 56th-ranked Nishioka’s brilliant effort to defeat first-seeded Ruud  6-2 3-6 6-3 in the Seoul quarterfinal. In their previous battle in the 2021 Madrid Masters, Ruud had beaten Nishioka easily. So, Nishioka got his much sought-after revenge now.

“I feel great. My motivation is very high,” Nishioka said. 

“I am playing very well, very smart. He is a great player. I know he came from Europe and played at the Laver Cup, which is not an easy match. He wasn’t settled on this court or this country yet,” he added.

Nishioka stepped on the gas right from the beginning of the match as he broke Ruud twice to beat him in the first set. That rattled Ruud and he was under pressure after his service in the second set too. But he saved break points in the first and fifth games.

Ruud then earned his first break of the match on the sixth game of the second set and took a 4-2 lead. He won the second set ultimately 6-3. The third set turned out to be a pretty interesting one as the two players were tied to two games each but Nishioka claimed back-to-back breaks and emerged victorious in four games in a row to pull off the upset. Ruud is expected to drop to the third position in the rankings following the defeat.