And it was mostly decided because Rafa didnt want to play US open this year.. otherwise he would have needed just SF to be a "better" player than Thiem (highly likely)Thiem was better than Rafa this year. No doubt about it. And he will be better next year too most likely.
He is the people's number 1wow that theim must be good
Nadal lost narrowly, against Nole in 2018 and in 4 sets against Federer in 2019, respectively on grass..Nadal lost 7 straight years on hardcourt vs. Djoker. He was pounded every time on hardcourt this year, and had 1 really awful clay tournament. He would’ve lost to #20-35 players on grass. He doesn’t deserve a higher rank.