Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

Rafael Nadal Ends Year Ranked Number 1 In The World

RAFAEL NADAL will finish the year at the top of the tree after winning the second round of ATP Paris Masters against his South Korean opponent.

"Of course it was not the goal (at the start of the year)", said Nadal, who achieved the feat of becoming No 1 once again after doing so in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

"One year ago, for sure, I never dreamed of being world No.1 at the end of the season".

"I think it's a very important achievement and is (an) important achievement in itself", he said.

Sky Sports will have the action from the final Masters 1000 tournament of the year in Paris all this week.

Roger Federer's withdrawal from the Paris tournament in order to rest ahead of the ATP Finals meant Nadal needed only one win to guarantee his great rival could not catch him and he avoided any slip-ups against 54th-ranked Chung, although the 21-year-old did cause Nadal problems.

"It's something that means a lot to me". It has been an wonderful year.

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After breaks were exchanged in the early stages, Nadal then rallied from a 0/40 deficit before breaking Chung to lead 4-2.

A 10th French Open title at Roland Garros followed in June, before he claimed his first Grand Slam crown away from his favoured clay in four years at the US Open.

Next he will face Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, who ended a 10-match losing streak in round one and backed that up with a 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 victory over 15th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Without really shine, a protégé of Carlos Moya Toni Nadal was defeated in the trap, Chung-Hyeon in two sets (7-5, 6-3), after not evil suffered in the first set.

The 31-year-old Nadal will be the oldest year-end number one and first season-ending number one over the age of 30 since the Emirates ATP Rankings were established in 1973.

Bulgarian world number eight Grigor Dimitrov, who has already booked his ticket for the Tour Finals, knocked out French favourite Richard Gasquet with a straightforward 6-4, 6-4 win.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev looked jaded in a surprise 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 loss to Dutchman Robin Haase in his opening match.

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