Didn't he secure his number one ranking after beating Massu in the Madrid final. I know it was on September 8 2003, but I thought it was in Madrid.
He reached No. 1 in the race with the victory in Madrid, thereby becoming the undisputed No. 1 in both entry ranking and the race.
He was No.1 in the race immediately after winning RG, too, but it's definitely a greater achievement to reach the top spot in the both tables at the same time.
Also, it was at the Madrid Masters that he received the chrystal shield for No. 1 player in the entry ranking.
It usually takes a few weeks after reaching No. 1.
As everyone said, that USO semifinal 2003 was the best match JC played outside clay. He was just breathtaking that day.