Nadal seals year-end No.1 ranking for 4th time
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Nov 02, 2017,
Nov 02, 2017, 0:13
In Wednesday's second-round matches, Rafael Nadal can guarantee finishing the year as No. 1 for the fourth time in his career if he beats Hyeon Chung of South Korea.
Rafael Nadal will finish the year as the top-ranked male tennis player for the fourth time.
Nadal has finished the calendar year as number one in three previous years, 2008, 2010 and 2013.
Speaking after victory on Wednesday, the Spaniard said: "I'm very, very happy for everything".
Federer has beaten Nadal four consecutive times - not dropping a set in three of them - and the 19-time grand slam champion was in outside contention for the No.1 ranking before pulling out of Paris to focus on the season-ending ATP Finals in London next week. It's been an fantastic year, ' he said after the match.
"It's something that means a lot to me, but the season is not over".
'I'm happy to achieve the year-end world No. 1 here in Paris'.
This has been a remarkable season of renaissance for Nadal, who bounced back from wrist problems a year ago to win his 15th and 16th grand slam titles at the French Open and US Open.
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However, with Nadal serving for the set in the ninth game, his South Korean opponent broke back and levelled at 5-5.
Nadal sat out last week's event in Basel to rest his knees after a successful hard-court season and put in a patchy performance.
After breaks were exchanged in the early stages, Nadal then rallied from a 0/40 deficit before breaking Chung to lead 4-2.
Nadal will next face Pablo Cuevas in the last 16 on Thursday, after the unseeded Uruguayan edged out Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2.
'For me I think I played well since the beginning but, of course, the most important moment of the year was the clay season and winning a 10th Roland Garros.
The Rome Masters and Montreal Masters champion fell to Dutchman Robin Haase in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 second-round defeat.
And Federer has admitted missing out on top spot was a blow but he was "scared" of getting injured in Paris and missing the World Tour Finals in London later this month.